Stabenow helps lead Asian carp plan

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow speaks at a news conference at Cabela's in Grandville about ways to prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. (Jan. 23, 2014)
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow speaks at a news conference at Cabela's in Grandville about ways to prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. (Jan. 23, 2014)

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is joining forces with conservation leaders to stop the Asian carp from threatening the Great Lakes.

The latest of a series of public meetings occurred Thursday morning at Cabela’s in Grandville.

Options were discussed on how to keep the invasive species from ruining the Great Lakes ecosystem, the region’s $16 billion boating industry, and $7 billion fishing industry.

Stabenow, author of the bipartisan Stop Invasive Species Act, and Great Lakes advocates have said a recent Army Corps of Engineers report on proposals to stop Asian carp is incomplete. They also said the Corps must continue to work with Congress to more fully develop its proposals so work on projects to stop Asian carp can begin, according to a news release.

The report contains eight alternatives for closing off pathways for these fish in the Chicago-area waterways, which link Lake Michigan with the Mississippi basin.

The alternatives range from doing nothing new to spending more than $18 billion during the next 25 years to seal off the watersheds from each other.

Stabenow says the Corps plan isn’t developed enough to allow work on the projects to begin, and wants that to change.

“We need to get it down to one, and we need to move quickly so that we can begin with the Great Lakes governors to put in place the permanent solution,” she said Thursday at Cabela’s.

Now the Corps is asking for public comment, and Stabenow is encouraging Michigan residents to weigh-in and make their voices heard.

For more information on the Corps report, details regarding public meetings, and information on submitting public comment, visit: http://glmris.anl.gov/glmris-report

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