Kaptur Statement After Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes Leaders Agree to Move Forward on Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Prevent Asian Carp from Entering the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Co-Chair of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite signed a report to Congress detailing the path forward to begin construction of a barrier at the Brandon Road dam. The Corps project is intended to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes.
The Chief’s Report is the culmination of years of advocacy by the Great Lakes delegation urging the Army Corps to move forward with the Brandon Road project to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. This report is the next step toward the construction of a barrier at Brandon Road designed to permanently stop the Carp from endangering a $7 billion commercial and recreational fishery on the Lakes.
“I have long sounded the alarm on the incredible threat Asian Carp pose to the entire Great Lakes region,” said Rep. Kaptur. “With the Asian Carp on the doorstep of our region’s most vital natural resource, we have a small window of time to stop this invasive species before it inflicts irreparable damage on our Great Lakes and our $7 billion fishing industry and equally important tourism industry. Since Asian Carp were first spotted just 9 miles from Lake Michigan, I have prodded the Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders across Great Lakes states to act and quickly build an effective barrier at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. Today, we are a major step closer to achieving that goal. Today marks a historic victory for the tens of millions of people who call the Great Lakes home.”