Proos: Army Corps’ Asian Carp report does not go far enough

LANSING—The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report issued this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suggests a number of ways to control the spread of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. These methods include using electric barriers and creating a physical separation between the waterways and lakes.

The report comes as a result of the 2012 Stop Asian Carp Act, which required that the Army Corps release a plan within 18 months.

The options outlined in the plan could take up to 25 years and cost up to $18 billion to implement.

“The solutions offered by the Army Corps of Engineers report proves once again that the president and his administration fail to understand the threat that these invasive fish pose to our water systems,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I continue to push for the closure of the Chicago locks in order to cut off the carp’s route into the Great Lakes.”

In September, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources closed a portion of the St. Joseph River to conduct a field exercise to help the state test their plan, in anticipation of what might occur if Asian carp are discovered in Lake Michigan or one of its rivers.

“Asian carp would wreak havoc on the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and all its rivers, devastate a $7 billion fishing industry and jeopardize the livelihoods of many Michigan families,” Proos said. “This is a battle that we cannot afford to lose, so I will continue pushing Congress to prevent an ecological and economic disaster closing the Chicago locks and ending the water diversions from the Great Lakes.”

Residents who would like to weigh in on this issue may attend one of two public meeting hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers in Michigan to discuss the contents of the report.

The details of the meetings are:

Ann Arbor
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
4 – 7 p.m.
University of Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 49109

Traverse City
Thursday, January 23, 2014
4 – 7 p.m.
The Hagerty Conference Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Great Lakes Campus
715 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

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Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos WILL BE AVAILABLE on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”