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Milwaukee now joins more than a dozen cities selected to host public informational meetings on a federal study of options to stop invasive species from traveling between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers added Milwaukee, which borders Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, after receiving requests for its inclusion from Alliance supporters and others. The date for the meeting has yet to be determined.

Chicago, on the front lines of a potential Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes, hosted the first public meeting in December. The next meetings are scheduled for Buffalo, N.Y on Jan. 11, and Cleveland, Ohio on Jan. 13.

The meetings are part of the scoping process for the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study, known as “GLMRIS.” Congress authorized the corps to undertake the study in 2007, mandating that it explore the options available to stop the movement of Asian carp and other invasives between the basins.

Though there’s little debate that fast action is critical to prevent the movement of Asian carp into Lake Michigan, unfortunately there will be no movement toward a permanent solution to the carp problem without the successful completion of this federal study – already several years behind schedule.

Notably, the corps has now put a new twist on the congressional mandate, announcing it plans merely to explore options that “reduce the risk” of invasive species transfer rather than those that would fully prevent their movement.

"If the corps doesn’t commit to full 'prevention' of invasive species movement, the study is set up to fail before it begins,” says Alliance President Joel Brammeier.

For more information on the study, and to register your opinion or submit formal comments, visit our Great Lakes Action Center.

 

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