Asian Carp Discovered 9 Miles from Lake Michigan, Trott Implores Trump Administration to Protect Great Lakes
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement urging President Trump's Administration to release the Brandon Road Lock and Dam study, which provides critical information on how to best prevent Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes, after a live Asian carp was discovered nine miles from Lake Michigan:
"Asian carp have swiftly made their way up the Mississippi River, destroying nearly every ecosystem in their path and, yesterday, a live Asian carp was identified just nine miles from Lake Michigan. Considering the devastating impact Asian carp infiltrating our Great Lakes would have on their delicate ecosystems, and the $20 billion in recreational and commercial industries they support, we cannot stand idly by.
"I, along with the entire Michigan Congressional delegation, implore President Trump's Administration to release the critical Brandon Road study, which they have previously delayed. This study is critical to learning how we can best prevent this invasive species from decimating our Great Lakes ecosystem. Now nine miles from Lake Michigan - we cannot afford to wait."
On June 22, 2017, a live Asian carp, reportedly 28 inches in length and 8 pounds in weight, was caught nine miles from Lake Michigan below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam.
Yesterday, Rep. Trott joined the entire Michigan Congressional delegation in introducing the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which would require President Trump's Administration to release the Brandon Road Lock and Dam Study within seven days of the bill's enactment. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical choke point in the Great Lakes watershed and is instrumental in preventing the infiltration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.