The Corps took a look at a comprehensive range of options and technologies available to prevent the spread of invasive species — most notably Asian carp — from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes. The options range from the current activities to a complete separation of the watershed.
The report has created hope that a positive solution to the threat of Asian carp may be in the works.
Great Lakes conservation leaders have evaluated the report and threw in their support for a complete separation.
“Actions that do not move us toward this goal are a distraction that further delays the permanent solution so desperately needed here,” they said in a release.
We agree entirely.
We’ve know for years that Asian carp could possibly make their way into the Great Lakes. Scientists agree that Asian carp would have a disastrous effect on the Great Lakes’ ecosystem.
Steps need to be taken to halt the Asian carps’ march toward the Great Lakes.
Enough with the excuses. Enough with the debates and the short-term fixes.
The Army Corps of Engineers will tour the Great Lakes over the coming months — including visits to Chicago, Ann Arbor and Traverse City — to discuss the contents of the report and allow for public comment.
People can also view the report and comment online at glmris.anl.gov.
We would urge our readers to review the plan and make your opinion known.
If enough of us put our support behind a complete separation of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin, perhaps a positive solution to this frightening problem will be reached.