Earlier today, Congressman Dan Kildee led a bipartisan letter, along with Representatives Tim Walberg, Marcy Kaptur and Dave Joyce, to both the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), asking them to detail efforts in both states to eliminate an invasive species, grass carp, from Lake Erie.
Grass carp is one of the four invasive species of Asian carp that pose a threat to the Great Lakes and coastal wetlands. Recently, the population of grass carp has increased in waters under the jurisdiction of both Michigan and Ohio.
Both MDNR and ODNR are conducting a study on the increase of grass carp, but more than two years after the study began, it has yet to be completed. The lawmakers believe that MDNR and ODNR need to address the situation with more urgency. Today’s letter asks what these departments are doing to immediately stop the spread of grass carp. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which is supported by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, has helped to restore the wetlands that grass carp are now consuming. With President Trump’s proposed budget eliminating the GLRI, there is an increased urgency in preserving the federal investment in wetland restoration and the local economy.