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Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011
Asian carp pose an urgent threat to the Great Lakes and the millions of people who depend on them for their jobs and way of life. Passage of the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011 will help the federal governemnt move aggressively to implement a long-term solution to the Asian carp crisis.
In response to the steady advance of the Asian carp up the Mississippi River and into Chicago-area waters (past an electric fence designed to repel the fish), federal and state governments are taking short-term emergency actions to prevent Asain carp from establishing in the Great Lakes.
Studies are also underway to identify the long-term steps needed to restore the physical barrier between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to prevent the spread of Asian carp—and other aquatic invaders—into other U.S. waters.
The federal study, the Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin Study, will look at options and technologies to close off all the pathways invasive species use to move between these two great waters. This long-term solution is the only way to permanently address invasive species from moving back and forth between two of our country’s largest and most important bodies of water.
However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been dragging its feet to complete the study: Its proposed 5-year timeline to complete the study is unacceptable when the Asian carp pose a daily threat to the Lakes.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition supports passage of the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011, which sets a shorter deadline, mandating that the U.S. Army Corps finish their study within 18 months.
• Read the Senate (S.471) and House (H.R. 892) versions of the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011 and see whether public officials in your state are co-sponsoring
• Read coalition comments urging U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate study to separate Great Lakes and Mississippi River to prevent spread of Asian carp and other harmful invasive species.
• Read coalition letter urging Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to Support Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act of 2010 (September 17, 2010)
• Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework