Fighting invasive species

Invasive species, like Asian carp, threat the Great LakesInvasive species, like Asian carp, are one of the greatest threats our Great Lakes face today. Asian carp consume and destroy vegetation essential to native species, forcing them to compete for resources; they even feed on the eggs of other fish, wiping them out before they develop. With no natural predators, there is nothing to stop their expansion, which would dangerously disrupt the natural ecosystem and harm the Great Lakes’ integrity.

To protect the Great Lakes from this potential devastation, we’ve advocated for solutions that would create a permanent separation between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. While Asian carp are well-established in the Mississippi River, they have yet to make serious headway in the Great Lakes. By permanently separating the two bodies of water, we can ensure that invasive species found in the river basin will never make it into our the Lakes and that our precious resource will remain pristine for years to come.

In December 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report outlining several options to keep these invasive species out of the Great Lakes. Clean Wisconsin has been a strong supporter of options 5 and 6, the two options that call for the permanent separation of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and our experts provided official comments for these long-term solutions.

As the federal government moves closer to taking action on this issue, Clean Wisconsin will continue to work with stakeholders to make sure we create a lasting fix for this troubling problem.

PHOTO CREDITS Asian carp, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Flicker