Asian carp will be part of the U.S. Senate’s 2012 budget discussions, thanks to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Sen. Stabenow is introducing a budget amendment that, if approved, would direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its study of how best to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin within 18 months.
U.S. Senators from the Great Lakes states need to support Sen. Stabenow’s Asian carp amendment. They are:
In Michigan: Sen. Carl Levin;
In Wisconsin: Sens. Ron Johnson and Herb Kohl;
In Minnesota: Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken;
In Illinois: Sens. Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk;
In Indiana: Sens. Dan Coats and Richard Lugar;
In Ohio: Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman;
In New York: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer; and,
In Pennsylvania: Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. and Patrick J. Toomey.
As it stands now, the Army Corps won’t complete its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) until 2015. That’s far too long — Asian carp are on the verge of invading Lake Michigan.
The three electric fences that are currently being used to repel the Asian carp from swimming towards Lake Michigan through the Chicago Waterway System took more than 15 years to study, develop and build. And those fences do not repel all sizes of Asian carp, according to the Army Corps’ own studies.
The Stabenow amendment provides the appropriate pressure and oversight to ensure that agencies charged with protecting the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins have the information needed to re-imagine the Chicago Waterway System to protect U.S. waters that provide drinking water, jobs and recreational opportunities to millions of Americans.
Please take a moment today to call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your senator’s office. You can also e-mail your U.S. senators and urge them to vote for the Stop Asian Carp amendment. It is our best hope of keeping these menacing fish from taking over the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem.