Proos urges residents to join the fight against Asian carp

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is encouraging residents to join the fight against Asian carp by entering the state’s Invasive Carp Challenge with innovative proposals for preventing invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

“An Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes would be nothing short of catastrophic, and it would forever change the way of life along Lake Michigan,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The challenge is about attracting new ideas to help inspire, create and enact an effective solution that will protect the Great Lakes from an economic and environmental disaster.”

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the challenge, which is designed to help develop new, innovative solutions to the Asian carp threat. The challenge will accept solutions in any phase of development, from concept to design to field-tested models, specifically aimed at preventing invasive carp movement into the Great Lakes.

“The Invasive Carp Challenge comes only a few weeks after an eight-pound silver carp was discovered nine miles from Lake Michigan — beyond the electric barrier that is supposed to keep them out,” Proos said. “For years, we have been calling for better federal action to stop Asian carp from decimating the Great Lakes and its vibrant fishing, tourism and boating industries — to no avail. This challenge offers everyone a chance to help us win the battle against Asian carp.”

Proos has been a vocal leader on the threat of Asian carp and has sponsored several resolutions dealing with the issue while in the Legislature. The Michigan Senate approved his latest one in March. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 supports the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee’s recommendations to implement immediate control technologies at Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois, and to further investigate the specific system of control points for long-term movement of aquatic invasive species into and out of the Great Lakes.

Written proposals will be accepted online through Oct. 31. One or more solutions will share up to $700,000 in cash awards provided by the state of Michigan. Once registered, solvers can see a detailed description of the challenge, review existing deterrent technologies for invasive carp and submit their proposed solutions.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/CarpChallenge.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/audio.