On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a long-awaited study that provides new information on ways to stop the movement of invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The study, known as the Brandon Road Lock and Dam Study, evaluates options and technologies that would stop Asian carp near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam site near Joliet, IL—a critical control point in the Chicago waterway system. Just earlier this year a live Asian carp was caught 9 miles from Lake Michigan, beyond existing underwater electric barriers put in place to impede the carp’s movement. It is evident that an increase in effective Asian carp control is needed urgently.
Lake Michigan is an invaluable resource for this region, and the health of the dunes ecosystem is very much affected by the health of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan supports a range of aquatic life, is a source of drinking water for millions, provides countless recreational opportunities, and is a vital asset of our economy.
Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline supports a commercial and sport fishery with an annual value of $400 million, recreational boating opportunities that contribute over $2 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, and tourism dollars from the 2 million annual visitors to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 1.2 million visitors to the Indiana Dunes state park. All of these important contributions to Indiana’s economy are threatened by the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species into the Great Lakes.
Currently, Save the Dunes is reviewing the released study and will be submitting comments soon. Comments will be accepted through September 21, 2017.
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