Senators Call for Finalization of Plan to Keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

Nearly a dozen U.S. senators, including Dick Durbin of Illinois, are speaking out about the latest delay in the finalization of a plan to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Last week, 11 members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Army’s Civil Works division raising concerns about the timeline for the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to fortify the barrier against Asian carp at a key spot along the carp’s path toward Lake Michigan.

Referred to as the Brandon Road Study, the plan was scheduled was to be released in February but was stalled by the Trump administration. The plan was eventually released this summer, initiating a 45-day public comment period and a series of public meetings that took place in September.

But on Nov. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it was extending the public comment period until Dec. 8, the latest delay in a plan that the Corps says likely won’t be implemented until 2025.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

“Studies have shown those impacts would include declines in native fish species and a one-third reduction of total fish weight in Lake Erie,” the senators wrote. “This threatens the Great Lakes’ world-class $7 billion per year fishing industry, $16 billion per year recreational boating industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs these industries support.”

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