Thousands of public comments about how to prevent Asian Carp from migrating from the Mississippi River and its tributaries and proliferating in the Great Lakes were unveiled this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps’ Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study included a 11-city public information tour from New Orleans through the Great Lakes region, including a stop in Buffalo in February.
The comments are available for viewing at http://glmris.anl.gov/.
“The comments submitted reflect passion about preserving valuable natural resources and the vitality of our shared waterways,” said Dave Wethington, program manager for the study.
Among those commenting was Leonard K. Pero, chairman of the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance.
“We feel that there is an immediate and urgent need to physically separate the two basins in order to minimize the risk of invasive species transfer,” Pero wrote. “The potential impacts to the Lake Erie fishing community and native species are astronomical.”
The comments included nearly 2,300 from Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin submitted as part of a Sierra Club campaign calling for “hydrological separation” between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.