Carp solution is urgent

Earlier this month, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by five states — including Michigan — that want barriers placed in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Dec 14, 2012


The judge claimed his hands were tied in the case. Federal law requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep shipping lanes open between Lake Michigan and the Des Plaines River, therefore prohibiting the construction of dams in any navigable waterway without Congress' consent.

The states now must turn their focus toward Congress in hopes of finding an answer in this troubling problem of how to stop the spread of Asian carp.

The projected effect these voracious fish would have on the Great Lakes ecosystem is disastrous.

Asian carp were brought into the United States as a management tool for aquaculture farms and sewer treatment facilities. But they've escaped from the confines of the ponds and have infested waterways throughout the Midwest, especially the Mississippi River basin.

They're now poised to enter the Great Lakes. The only thing keeping Asian carp at bay is an electronic barrier located on the Chicago River, 37 miles from the Windy City’s downtown.

A better barrier is needed, or we run the risk of a devastating biological crash in Lake Michigan and its surrounding waterways.

If current regulations don't allow for something to be done — and done now — then those regulations must be altered.

We encourage Michigan and the other five states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania — along with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to be steadfast and unrelenting in their attempts to find a solution to this potentially devastating problem.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Should be easy. Get the Republicans from these states to propose a bill. Get the Democrats from these states to support it. Obama, from Illinois, and the rest of the Democrats will automatically oppose it. The the Republicans in Congress, with the support of the Democrats from these states, will automatically approve it.


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