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Action Alert:  Tell the Corps to Stop the Asian Carp!

This December the Asian carp aren’t taking a holiday. Asian carp continue to swim toward our Great Lakes and decision makers are deciding what, if anything, more to do.  We have an opportunity to speak out loudly and clearly and let decision makers know we want real action now. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are collecting public comments from December 15th through March 31st on their Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Interbasin Feasibility Study (GLMRIS). The study focus will determine if we implement a permanent solution (hydrological separation) to stop the Asian carp.

What GLMRIS is:  A study authorized by Congress in 2007 mandating that the Army Corps of Engineers determine options available to prevent invasive species from moving through the Chicago waterway in both directions.  It also will look at all hydrological connections between the Great Lakes and Mississippi basin.

Why GLMRIS is important:  While there is little debate that fast action to prevent movement of Asian carp is the top priority, there will be no authorization or funding for building a permanent solution (hydrological separation) without successful completion of this federal study.

What is happening now: Written public comments are being collected right now. And on December 15th at the Gleacher Center located at 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. in Chicago, IL from 12 - 7 PM, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will be hosting the first of a series of ten public “scoping” meetings to present information and receive comments on the scope of the study. 

Additional meeting dates/cities are:
January 11, 2011: Buffalo, NY
January 13, 2011: Cleveland, OH
January 20, 2011: St. Paul, MN
January 25, 2011: Green Bay, WI
January 27, 2011: Traverse City, MI
February 1, 2011: Cincinnati, OH
February 3, 2011: Ann Arbor, MI
February 8, 2011: St. Louis, MO
February 10, 2011: Vicksburg, MS
 
Why speaking out is so important:
 
  • The Corps was mandated to study ways to “prevent” invasive species movement between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Deplorably, the Corps has decided to spend precious time and resources to also study ways to “reduce the risk,” not just prevent. This was not authorized by Congress nor is it a credible strategy that will protect our Great Lakes. We need you to tell them this is unacceptable and only options that will “prevent” invasive species movement and stop the Asian carp should be studied.
     
  • The Corps study takes too long. The Chicago portion of the study is not predicted to be complete until mid-2015, or nearly five years from now. The Corps must acknowledge the urgency of finding a permanent solution, condense the timeline and produce final results for the Chicago portion of GLMRIS within 18 months rather than mid-2015 and we need you to send that message.
     
  • The Asian carp are knocking at the back door to the Great Lakes. Corps should study and provide a solution for the Chicago Waterway System first regardless of the need to prioritize and act on other aquatic pathways.
 
How you can speak out: More information and talking points have been compiled in a factsheet by our allies at Freshwater Future, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Prairie River Network, and can be found here:  http://www.freshwaterfuture.org/userfiles/file/GLMRIS%20Public%20Comment%20Period%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

 
You can download the Corps’ Project Management Plan (PMP) for GLMRIS, the Federal Register notice of the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement and other documents here: http://glmris.anl.gov/documents/index.cfm.
 
  Thank you for all you to do protect the worlds largest freshwater resource from the Asian carp!
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