Protect Our Great Lakes: Stop Asian Carp!

January 2010

Asian carp are an invasive species that eat much of the food necessary to sustain native fish populations such as trout and bass. Asian carp DNA has already been detected past an electronic barrier constructed to stop the fish, and have been found within eight miles of Lake Michigan.

Asian carp are an invasive species that will devastate the ecosystem of the Great Lakes. Their effects on the Great Lakes will devastate our local economy – both our fishing and tourism industries.

Last week the Supreme Court denied the Michigan attorney general’s request to force the closure of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to keep the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. By signing the petition, lawmakers are hoping to convince seemingly unwilling federal authorities to close the Chicago locks and protect Lake Michigan. Michigan is joined by Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Ontario in this fight.

Michigan’s economy and ecology are at stake, and I am calling on the federal government to act now.¬† I encourage you to sign the petition, found at