Northern Michigan Lawmakers Take on Illinois Over Asian Carp Invasion
Web site allows you to ship virtual boatload of Asian carp to ILL., demand closure of locks
TRAVERSE CITY – On Saturday, Feb. 6, state lawmakers will stand with local business owners, anglers and many concerned residents on the banks of the Boardman River to launch a campaign to demand that Chicago bureaucrats and Illinois politicians close two shipping locks to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The move comes as Great Lakes governors plan to gather to discuss the Asian carp threat on Monday in Washington, D.C.
If the invasive species enters Lake Michigan it could destroy the native fish and plant life in waterways throughout Michigan and surrounding states, disrupt the delicate ecological balance in the Great Lakes, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs by crippling Michigan's multi-billion-dollar fishing and boating industries. Illinois is the only state opposing action.
WHO: State Representatives Dan Scripps (D-Leland), Gary McDowell (D-Rudyard) and Andy Neumann (D-Alpena); Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau President Brad Van Dommelen; Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association Treasurer Wendy Sak; Derek Bailey, The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman; Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited President Dave Stellingworth; and many concerned residents
WHERE: Traverse City, Union Street Dam Fish Ladder
(Between Union and Cass Streets on the
south side of the Boardman River)
WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Daniel Horn, Community Organizer
Michigan House of Representatives