Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s release of the 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework. The updated framework adds several new measures to prevent the destructive species from accessing the Great Lakes, including strengthening the electric barrier system in the Chicago area and deploying new physical and chemical control tools. The administration also acknowledges the need for a long-term solution, citing a new project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin.
“Today’s announcement is a welcome step in the right direction, but the need for a permanent solution to protect our Great Lakes remains as urgent as ever,” said Upton. “These treasured waters support countless jobs in our region and billions of dollars of economic activity each year. Our efforts will not stop until the Asian carp threat is stopped once and for all.”
Upton is an original cosponsor of the Asian Carp Prevention Act of 2013, H.R. 985, which directs the Secretary of the Army to coordinate and lead federal actions to prevent the spread of the invasive species in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. Those projects may include: installing electric, acoustic, air bubble, or other barriers; applying pesticides; improving the locks; and taking necessary actions at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.
H.R. 985 further requires the Secretary to implement the emergency measures recommended in the dispersal barrier efficacy study, or provided in interim reports, authorized by Congress under the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.