Poll: Great Lakes Residents Want Swift Action On Asian Carp

Sep 26, 2018

New poll results show a majority of Great Lakes residents, including Hoosiers, support swift action to keep invasive Asian carp out of the lakes. The group that commissioned the survey says one of Indiana’s neighbors isn’t working fast enough. 

The Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp wants to move forward with the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to prevent the fish from entering Lake Michigan through a lock and dam in Joliet, Illinois.

Alliance for the Great Lakes Vice President for Policy Molly Flanagan says Illinois hasn’t reached out to other states to help fund the project or shared the Army Corps’ report.

“What we want is more collaboration among the Great Lakes states to make sure that we’re addressing asian carp with urgency,” she says.

The state of Michigan is offering to chip in up to $8 million a year, nearly half the cost of installation at the dam. Indiana and Illinois have not signed on to the partnership agreement.

“The poll results are a clear indicator that the time to act on invasive carp is now, ” Keith Creagh, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says.

The Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp has created a petition to show support of the Army Corps of Engineers' plan for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. 

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