Quebec has a strong connection to the Great Lakes, even if – unlike neighboring Ontario – it doesn’t directly border any of the five great bodies of water. The St. Lawrence River, which marks Quebec’s southern border, drains the Great Lakes Basin and connects the lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
As the “Ontario’s Great Lake Strategy” report says, “The state of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin ecosystem matters not only to Ontario, but to Quebec and to Canada as a whole.”
That’s why provincial leaders have joined the new Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, which is promoting awareness of the benefits of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to stop the spread of the invasive fish.
If invasive Asian carp enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, it wouldn’t take long for them to spread throughout the Great Lakes – and eventually make their way into the St. Lawrence River. Once they arrive in a body of water, they congregate close to shore, consume food native fish depend on and endanger people on the water.
For example, boaters on the St. Lawrence River 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.
The “Ontario’s Great Lake Strategy” report describes the threat of an Asian carp invasion as “a major concern. Asian carp could devastate ecosystems and fisheries.”
There’s a plan to stop 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 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.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!