The Asian Carp represents a threat to Lake Erie and the entire Great Lakes watershed area. Specifically, the Big Head and Silver Carp are an immanent threat to invade the Great Lakes. The only thing standing in their way is the temporary electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal 25 miles downstream from Lake Michigan.
These "Fresh Water Giants" could be disastrous to the Lake Erie sport and commercial fisheries that adds in excess of $1 billion to Ohio's economy. Their weight can easily approach or exceed 100 pounds and they consume 40 percent of their body weight in plankton each day. Their ability to reproduce is scary with each female able to carry 2 million eggs. They present a danger to boaters, jet skiers and water skiers.
They have already established an overwhelming presence in the Greater Mississippi Watershed. The temporary barrier is beginning to fail. Congress must fund to complete the construction of the permanent barrier and create proper funding to operate and maintain both the temporary and permanent barriers. Congress is currently considering the Great Lakes Asian Carp Barrier Act (H.R. 553) and the Barrier Project Consolidation and Construction Act (S. 336)
We urge Ohioans to take action to save the Great Lakes economy and ecosystems. The Great Lakes barrier needs to be fully funded at $9.025 million dollars to protect our Lake Erie for our current and future generations.
Rick Graham, Monroeville
Izaak Walton League of America
Ohio Division VP
IWLA Nat'l Great Lakes Committee