Take action now to keep invasive Asian carp away from Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes shoreline!
Lake Erie is among Pennsylvania’s most valuable natural resources and carries extraordinary economic value for the state. With roughly 70 miles of Lake Erie waterfront, Pennsylvania’s stakes are high 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, they would quickly spread throughout the Great Lakes and eventually wind up on Pennsylvania’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 Pennsylvania:
- Irreparable harm to the state’s $65 million coastal tourism industry, which employs more than 3,000 people
- Business would dry up at harbors and marinas that support a $71 million annual recreational boating industry
- Decimation of a growing steelhead fishery that generates more than $10 million in expenditures in Erie County
- 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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and other key Pennsylvania leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!