Sen. Proos calls for action as Asian carp nears Lake Michigan

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is urging the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes after a silver carp was discovered less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan.

“Asian carp are a real and tremendous threat to our economy and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Given the permanent economic and environmental disaster that would result from an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes, it is alarming that the federal government is doing nothing while these voracious eaters inch close to Lake Michigan.

“The Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee needs to go back to the drawing board to find an appropriate solution if the electric barriers will not keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.”

Proos has sponsored several resolutions dealing with the Asian carp issue during his time 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.

The committee was formed in May 2014 with the goal of reaching consensus on short- and long-term measures to prevent Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through the Chicago Area Waterway System.

“If Asian carp were to get into Lake Michigan, they would forever change the way of life in and along the Great Lakes, out-competing native fish and threatening a $7 billion sport and commercial fishery,” Proos said.

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