GBA monitors all activities that relate to the ongoing threat of Asian Carp getting into the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. The main point of potential entry for these invaders is up the Mississippi River tributaries and into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Control of this route rests entirely on the US side. GBA is asking our members’ members who are US citizens to reach out to their Senators to ask them to petition Secretary McCarthy as per the details in the letter below. These is some URGENCY as the deadline for Senators to sign on is this coming Monday morning!
In 2014 the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) concluded that a formal evaluation of potential control options and technologies near Brandon Road Lock and Dam to prevent the movement of ANS from the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes Basin was an appropriate next step in creating barriers to prevent Asian Carp from moving from the Mississippi River system and up the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
The Brandon Road Lock is downstream (ie on the Mississippi side of the Ship Canal) from the existing 4 electric barriers. The USACE prepared an interim report
that will include an additional electric barrier, hardening of a stretch of the shore line, noise barriers, water jets and pleasure craft launches on either sides of the barriers. The USACE was directed to finalize their report by January 2019. There is concern amongst the US ENGO community that this timeline will be missed which will delay implementation of the proposed barriers. They have asked us to encourage our US members to call their Senators to ask them to contact Acting Secretary McCarthy to direct the USACE to meet the January 2019 target for the final report.
From: National Wildlife Foundation
Sent: November 15, 2017 9:50 AM
Subject: Action Alert: Senate GLTF Letter re Brandon Road Comments
We are urging folks to contact their Senators and encourage them to sign on to the below letter to Secretary McCarthy regarding the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) for the Brandon Road Study. The letter supports meeting the original timeline for the Chief’s Report, asks for a timeline for the completion of the report, and expresses concerns over the implementation timeline for the TSP. Please join us in making calls to Senate offices this week in support of this letter!
You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121
Current sign ons are: Senators Stabenow, Portman, and Baldwin.
The deadline for Senators to sign on is Monday morning
. Office should contact Aaron Suntag in Senator Stabenow’s office to sign on. Full text of the letter is below.
Field Manager, Great Lakes Restoration
National Wildlife Federation
Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world