Rep. Dave Camp’s Asian Carp Bill Needs Cosponsors

Michigan’s Congressional delegation is stepping up to the plate to support a bill to help stop the invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Congressional members form the other Great Lakes states – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, and New York to name a few – need to follow suit.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has penned a letter to his colleagues urging them to co-sponsor the Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act (HR5625). So far, only Congressional members from Michigan have co-sponsored the legislation.

The act was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate (S. 3553) after a live Asian carp was found beyond an electronic fence intended to repel them and just miles from Lake Michigan. It would force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a study in 18 months to determine how to separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds. The bill also asks the Army Corps to identify shipping options that would not compromise hydrological separation and detail the economic and ecological costs and benefits of this procedure.

Current co-sponsors include: John Dingell (D-Mich.), Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

This important bill deserves the backing of the entire Great Lakes Congressional delegation.

Please call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your member to contact Adam Pradko in Rep. Camp’s office to cosponsor the bill.

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