Asian carp are an invasive species which have disrupted fisheries throughout the South and Midwest and now threaten the Great Lakes. Bighead, silver, black and grass carp threaten native wildlife in different ways: Bighead and silver carp have damaged fisheries from Kentucky Lake to the Illinois River by hoarding food resources and outcompeting native sport fish; black carp threaten endangered mussels from Louisiana all the way up to Illinois and the Ohio River; and, grass carp threaten waterfowl habitat and are reproducing in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
We need your help to stop Asian carp from undermining our waters in the Great Lakes and all across the country. We have a rare opportunity to stop bighead and silver carp from getting into the Great Lakes where they would threaten the $7 billion sport-fishing industry, the fisheries and way of life for over 40 million people. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reinforce the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which would implement multiple technologies to keep Asian carp from advancing closer to Lake Michigan, as a silver carp was able to do in 2017.
We need your help in urging Congress to approve and fund the Brandon Road plan to stop Asian Carp. Please tell your Senators and Representative to support the Brandon Road plan and STOP ASIAN CARP!
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