Take action now to keep invasive Asian carp from devastating our Great Lakes!
Even if you don’t live on or near the 3,300 miles of Great Lakes shoreline in Michigan, you have a stake in helping to stop the spread of voracious – and potentially dangerous – invasive Asian carp. These fish would wreak untold economic and environmental havoc throughout Michigan, costing the state countless jobs and threatening the Great Lakes State’s centuries-old heritage.
If the fish enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, it wouldn’t take long for them to spread throughout the Great Lakes. Once they arrived on Michigan’s shores, they would congregate close to beaches and consume the food that native fish depend on, endanger people on the water and spread to the state’s thousands of inland rivers, streams and lakes.
Among the devastation they would cause in Michigan:
- The loss of a substantial number of the more than 214,000 Michigan tourism industry jobs
- Higher taxes for Michigan households ($640 per year, according to a Michigan State University estimate) to make up for the lost revenue caused by the decline in tourism
- The virtual elimination of the $20 million-a-year Great Lakes charter fishing industry
- Boaters would face danger 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
- A loss of property values in Great Lakes shoreline communities
- A severe disruption in the Pure Michigan experience for the state’s millions of residents and visitors each year
There’s a plan to stop this disaster – and you can help put it in motion!
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 commit funding 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 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other key Michigan leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!