Invasive Asian carp have devastated Mississippi River fisheries, and threaten to invade the Great Lakes through connections in the Chicago Area Waterway System. Despite a series of electric barriers in the waterways, evidence of Asian carp getting past them has been mounting for the past decade. In fact, just this past June, a live silver carp was captured above the electrical barriers only 9 miles from Lake Michigan. Thus, we need urgent action now to protect our Great Lakes from Asian carp.
For the past few years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has studied options for improving defenses against Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock & Dam, a critical location downstream of Chicago that could keep Asian carp from getting throughthe waterway system and into Lake Michigan.
The Corps plan to create a gauntlet of electric barriers, water jets, underwater noise cannons and flushing locks is the best option to take real action in the next few years to stop Asian carp, but we need your help to make sure they follow through on the plan and Congress funds it so they can get to work and Stop Asian Carp Now!
Public comment is open on the plan only until October 2, so tell them you support the Tentatively Selected Plan to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes!