Take action now to keep Asian carp from invading Indiana’s Lake Michigan waterfront!
The 45‐mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline in northwestern Indiana is one of the state’s most spectacular natural resources, raising the stakes in the battle to stop the spread of voracious – and potentially dangerous – invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
If the fish enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, they would immediately move to Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline, where they would congregate close to beaches and consume the food that native fish depend on, endanger people on the water and spread to inland rivers and streams.
Among the environmental and economic havoc the fish would wreak in Indiana:
- In Porter County – home to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – the more than $415 million-a-year tourism industry that supports over 5,000 jobs would take a devastating hit
- The state’s $400 million commercial and sport Lake Michigan fishery would collapse
- Recreational boating, which contributes $2 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, would become dangerous because invasive silver carp (which can weigh 100 pounds) are known for leaping out of the water – and sometimes into watercraft – when disturbed by motors
- The Lake Michigan shoreline in southwest Michigan – a prime vacation destination for Indiana residents – would experience similar devastation
There’s a plan to prevent this disaster!
To block the invasive carp migration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed installing a combination of fish deterrents at the Brandon Road Lock & Dam on the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
Michigan – the Great Lakes State – stands ready to begin implementing the plan immediately and is calling on all other states and provinces bordering the Great Lakes to add their support.
The new Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp has launched a public education campaign to promote awareness of the benefits that the Army Corps’ plan will provide.
Here’s what you can do to help: Fill in the box below, and then submit your letter to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other key Indiana leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!