Baldwin pens letter of concern surrounding invasive Asian carp

Baldwin pens letter of concern surrounding invasive Asian carp
Asian carp

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined other senators from the Great Lakes states in a bipartisan effort to speed up a study that is a part of an action plan to stop the migration of Asian carp.

Baldwin, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), along with eight other members of the Great Lakes Task Force wrote a letter to the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works in regards to finalizing the Brandon Road Study.

The Brandon Road Study identifies spots in waterways in the Great Lakes that are vulnerable to Asian carp entry.

The senators’ concern stems from the economic and ecological damage to the Great Lakes that invasive Asian carp would cause. Studies have shown those impacts would include declines in native species and a one-third reduction of total fish weight in Lake Erie, according to the senators.

“This threatens the Great Lakes’ world-class $7 billion per year fishing industry, $16 billion per year recreational boating industry, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs these industries support,” the senators wrote.

The senators also urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act quickly to finish the study and set up an action plan to ensure that no carp enter the lakes.