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Take action now to keep invasive Asian carp from devastating Minnesota’s unique Lake Superior shoreline!

With 189 miles of Lake Superior North Shore waterfront, Minnesota has much to lose in the battle to stop the spread of voracious – and potentially dangerous – invasive Asian carp.

If the fish enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, it wouldn’t take long for them to spread throughout the Great Lakes, entering Lake Superior through the St. Marys River. Once they arrived on Minnesota’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 inland rivers and streams.

Among the eventual environmental and economic havoc the fish would wreak in Minnesota:

  • The North Shore’s $1 billion-a-year travel industry would take a devastating hit
  • Tourism-reliant shoreline communities from Grand Portage to Duluth would lose countless jobs
  • Recreational and charter fishing – a multimillion-dollar industry on the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior – would nosedive
  • 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

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 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and other key Minnesota leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.

Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!


 

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