Take action now to keep Asian carp from invading Ohio’s Lake Erie waterfront!
Lake Erie and its 312 miles of Ohio shoreline is the foundation of recreation and economic vitality for millions of Ohioans, giving the state much to lose in the battle against the spread of voracious – and potentially dangerous – invasive Asian carp.
If the fish enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, they would immediately move throughout the Great Lakes and eventually end up at Ohio’s Lake Erie 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 eventual environmental and economic havoc the fish would wreak in Ohio:
- The Lake Erie fishery, one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world and the most prolific in the Great Lakes – producing more fish for human consumption than the other four Great Lakes combined – would take a devastating hit
- 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
- As a result, tourism in the Lake Erie Basin – where 7 million people flock each year – would surely dwindle, as would the 117,000 tourism-related jobs in the region
- Local and state tax coffers would also take a blow because tourism, travel and sport fishing annually generate $1.5 billion in federal, state and local taxes
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 Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other key Ohio leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!