Just Say No to Asian Carp

River Flooding Asian Carp.JPGThe Asian carp issue has been on the minds of many lately in the Great Lakes region. What the threat that the carp pose is the entire devastation of native fish in the lakes. The carp will be able to consume all the fish eggs and disrupt the breeding of native fish. This possible devastation in one of the greatest fishing industries is terrifying. The issues and problems at hand lie within the surrounding states coming to an agreement on what to do. As of now there is an electric field between the Chicago water ways to Lake Michigan. This is a precaution to keep any possible invasive species out. But they know it is not enough to keep the Asian carp out. Michigan, along with a few other states wants to put a barrier between the Chicago water ways to the Lake. But this would create a potential giant problem to the Chicago area, which is flooding. All of these possible solutions and arguments remain at large while the U.S. Army of Corps Engineers spend a lot of money and time studying the Great Lakes and the Asian carp habits in hopes to come up with a solution(s). As of now the Corps plans to be finished around 2015 with their studies and produce data. This is too much time and the worst case scenario could happen in that time. Also to come with these studies done by the Corps, the hopes of new ways to clean up the Great Lakes and surrounding waters. In the mean time, proposals will be pushed by legislators of the area to speed up the studies by the Army Corps Engineers. Proposals have already been sent by Michigan, which request some data to be produced within 90 days of the passing, and a full plan within 18 months. Some proposals have already gained popularity and have signatures by surround area attorney generals.

By Frank King


2 responses

  1. I wonder how Chicago legislation feels about these barriers. I think it is important to save our Great Lakes, but do these barriers affect other microorganisms? This was very informative and I am glad I randomly decided to chose your article to read! Thanks.

    Shannon Mazurie

  2. This is a very informative article, I had absolutely no idea about this issue before you brought it to my attention. I think the electric field would be beneficial but it is understandable that it isn’t cost efficient. I think its hard to pose mitigation strategies for things like this but I think finding something that would be cost efficient would be beneficial but also terminating these carp as well.

    -Lindsay Cattell

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