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Feature: Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

If invasive giant Asian carp make it into Lake Michigan, these voracious predators could wreak havoc on the entire Great Lakes ecosystem, home to 1/5 of the world’s fresh water. Bighead and silver carp can quickly take over habitat, out-eating and out-breeding native fish. Re-establishing barriers between the Great Lakes basin and Mississippi River watershed is the most effective way to stop the carp’s advance, as well as preventing future invasive species advances.

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Cut the Carp Crap: Invasive Species Attack Is an Opportunity for Chicago

Posted February 4, 2014 by Henry Henderson

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In January, the Army Corps of Engineers released their long-awaited, Congressionally-mandated study outlining scenarios to rebuff the most infamous invasive species Chicago has ever seen. The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study outlines a series of scenarios for...continued

Going Gladiator on Asian Carp in the Illinois River

Posted October 13, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Well, at least somebody’s profiting from the Asian carp advance on the Illinois River... Back in 2011 I was blown away by videos of the Peoria Carp Hunters taking on the invasive species with samurai weapons while waterskiing infested waters. And the notoriety that came from...continued

Asian Carp Starting to Sound Like Comic Book Supervillains

Posted September 22, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It sounds like a shadowy comic book origin story: super-powered mutant is accidentally released onto the landscape and mayhem ensues. Sadly, what we are seeing in Midwestern rivers is real life, even though Asian carp are really starting to...continued

Midwest Governors on Separation of Watersheds: A Closer Look at What's at Stake

Posted June 11, 2013 by Meleah Geertsma in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Two important messages on aquatic invasive species came out of the recent 2013 Leadership Summit, where the Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec gathered to discuss a new collaborative agenda for the region. The messages...continued

Carp Committee Releases 2013 Monitoring and Response Plan, While Carp Continue to Advance Towards Lake Michigan

Posted May 9, 2013 by Meleah Geertsma in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Today the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC), a collaboration among federal, state and local agencies and other stakeholders focused on addressing the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes, released its 2013 Monitoring and Response Plan for...continued

Solving the Carp Crisis: Moving from Courts to Collaboration

Posted December 14, 2012 by Meleah Geertsma in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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  Back in 2010, a group of Great Lakes states led by Michigan sued the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to permanently close the locks of the Chicago Area Waterways System in...continued

Corps to Cut Back Substance, Public Participation in Asian Carp Study

Posted November 16, 2012 by Meleah Geertsma in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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What’s the latest news in the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes? This week in Chicago, the Army Corps of Engineers held the first of several “charrettes” to inform its work on the aquatic nuisance species...continued

Wrong Mix in Hong Kong Markets: No Asian Carp and Lots of Shark Fin

Posted October 19, 2012 by Josh Mogerman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I made a quick stop in to Hong Kong on my way to NRDC’s offices in Beijing last week. But while taking in the sights of the fascinating city in southern China, Chicago was very much on my mind…and...continued

Asian Carp eDNA: New hits point to danger in Chicago Waterways delays

Posted October 10, 2012 by Henry Henderson in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Over and over the Asian carp debate gets dumbed down into "fish vs. barges." Usually it relates to pushback against any changes being made to the Chicago Waterways System, but also pops up in the increasingly common occurrence of...continued

Asian Carp: Disappointment, Delay and a Wrestler at Play

Posted October 5, 2012 by Henry Henderson in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Another day, another disappointment. Earlier this year, Congress gave the Army Corps of Engineers clear orders to sort out a plan to deal with the movement of Asian carp in Chicago’s waterways to prevent the invasive fish from infesting...continued

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