Saturday, December 5, 2009

Are The Great Lakes fisheries doomed?

Asian carp have been making their way north up the Mississippi for more than a dozen years and those in charge are still formulating plans to protect The Great Lakes.

It is time to erect a barrier between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) to stop flood water from carrying Asian carp into the CSSC. A quickly constructed sandbag barrier would be a start.

Connections between the Illinois & Michigan Canal and the CSSC should be closed. And until the waters are known clear of Asian carp, the locks leading into Lake Michigan should be closed and remain closed until it is certain that the electrified fish barrier actually works.

The time for proactive talk has long past and it is time for good old fashion action.

I have written an opinion piece for the Digital Journal on this imminent threat to the health of the valuable Great Lakes fisheries.
Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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