Mr. President: The Asian Carp Crisis has hit ‘Code Red’

Members of the Great Lakes congressional delegation are circulating a letter to President Obama urging him to take aggressive action to solve the Asian carp crisis. Essentially, it’s now ‘code red’ for carp.

We need every U.S. House and Senate member in the region to sign onto the letter by noon on Tuesday, June 29.

The letter begins: “Dear Mr. President, It is with deep regret that we write you today. On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, the first Asian carp was captured in the Chicago area waterway system above the electric barriers.”

The letter asks the Obama Administration to strengthen the barrier and aggressively pursue a strategy for permanent hydrologic separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds.

The letter is signed from leaders of the Great Lakes Task Force: Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), and Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), and Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).

Please contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to sign onto the letter by contacting Katie Murtha in Rep. Dingell’s office, Ben Gielow in Rep. Ehlers office, Alice Yates in Sen. Levin’s office or Lauri Hettinger in Sen. Voinovich’s office by Tuesday, June 29 at noon.

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