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Camp, Stabenow Introduce New Bill to Stop Asian Carp

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Congressman Dave Camp of Midland and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Lansing have introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes and destroying the Lakes’ ecosystem. The Stop Invasive Species Act would require the speedy creation of an action plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through a number of rivers and tributaries across the Great Lakes region.

A bipartisan bill Camp and Stabenow introduced last year, the Stop Asian Carp Act, required the Army Corp of Engineers to develop an action plan to permanently separate Lake Michigan from the Chicago Area Waterway System, long seen as the carp’s primary entry point to the Great Lakes. The new bill goes further to require a plan to stop Asian carp at all potential entry points.

Congressman Camp said “the threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy is urgent. This measure expedites the necessary hydrological separation study in order to protect the Great Lake, the hundred of thousands of jobs the Great Lakes support.”

The Stop Invasive Species Act requires the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to submit to Congress an expedited plan with options for stopping Asian carp from penetrating the Great Lakes across 18 possible points of entry. The bill requires the Army Corp to submit a progress report to Congress and the President within 90 days of thee law’s enactment. The full plan would need to be completed within 18 months.

Under the Stop Invasive Species Act, the Army Corp would continue to examine modes of transportation across key waterways to ensure shipping could continue while mechanisms for preventing Asian carp from destroying the Great Lakes are implemented.

The bill is supported by the Great Lakes Commission, Healing our Waters Coalition, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.

Camp is joined by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) as the lead Democratic sponsor in the House. Senator Stabenow and Rob Protman (R-OH) are leading the measure in the Senate.

 

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