Army Corps of Engineers' Asian carp study should be expedited
Battle Creek Enquirer Editorial
This excerpt is from a Battle Creek Enquirer editorial
As Congress rushes to finalize budget bills this week, the controversy over Asian carp has leapt into the fray.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is pushing for adoption of a Stop Asian Carp amendment to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2012.
The amendment, which is based on the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011, would give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 18 months to complete its study of options to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes and threatening the region's $7 billion-a-year sport fishing industry.
The Army Corps currently is looking at the feasibility of creating a permanent barrier between the Mississippi River and Lake Michican to block the invasive species from the Great Lakes, but has said the study won't be complete until 2015 - and that timetable might be delayed further.
As we have said before, Asian carp present an imminent threat to the ecological balance of the Great Lakes and a viable solution needs to be found to stop them. Waiting another three or more years for a feasibility study to be completed could be too late.