November 29, 2015

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.

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Timothy J. Lundgren, Varnum Law Firm, Environmental Attorney

Tim Lundgren is a partner in the Environmental and Energy Practice Groups and chair of the firm's Water Law Specialty Area. In the water area, Tim works on matters related to water quality and water supply and use, including discharge permitting and compliance, stormwater compliance, and water withdrawal. He has assisted clients with waterfront and port facilities on permitting and compliance matters both on inland waterways and on the Great Lakes, and with spill response efforts.