Congress Requires Faster Corps Action on Asian Carp
Congress has included the "Stop Invasive Species Act" as an amendment to the transportation bill it approved before the July 4th recess. The Act requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up implementation of strategies to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. Under the Act, the Corps will be required to submit its report in 18 months, and will require more than the list of options the Corps was going to include in its report. Instead, the legislation would require specific steps to prevent invasive species migration at 18 potential entry points, including hydrological separation from the Mississippi River via the controversial Chicago-area river and canal systems. The Act was sponsored by Michigan's Congressman Dave Camp and Senator Debbie Stabenow.