Permanent anti-carp barrier is necessary

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted a report to Congress that featured eight different alternatives to help curb the spread of Asian carp.
Jan 9, 2014

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.

Comments

Orvis

Kudo's to the Trib for taking the right position on this and encouraging the community to get involved!

Former Grandhavenite

It's shameful that nothing has been done about this obvious problem yet. The Asian carp are getting closer to the lake over time, and everyone knows it'll be devestating when they get there. Instead, we're risking a multi-billion dollar tourism industry throughout the great lakes, not to mention the destruction of the lakes ecosystem. Completely separating the lakes from the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and filling the canal with cement is the only workable solution. People decades and centuries from now are going to judge us partially based on whether we were too cowardly and beholden to the shipping industry to do anything despite being perfectly aware of the problem and the solution.

Real estate maven

Is there a particular state or federal senator/rep that seems to want to get behind this? It will take some political muscle to push this along and I would think getting as many people as possible reaching out to such a politician is one of the most effective things ordinary folks like us could do.

Zegota

Do we honestly expect anything to be done right, and/or efficiently by an administration that brought us a runaway national debt, weaken us militarily, confused our foreign allies, brought us Obama Care, increased our health care costs, opened our borders, disrespect our religious faith...etc. I would not hold our breath, but I really appreciate the Grand Haven Tribune article and keeping this issue alive. God Bless the Constitution.

retired DOC

One of the Army's plans takes 25 years. That is 30 years too long. The waterway has not ben closed because it might cost some of #44's backers some money.

truthhurts

at some point citizens need to take control and baracade it with many tons of concrete! Quit kicking the can and do something already! No need to talk about it anymore, its time to do something! If big gov. can't protect our interests then we must do it oursleves!

EINSTEIN

Just signed up for the GMLRIS newsletter so I can keep up to date on this.

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