Kaptur statement on Brandon Road Study recommendations

August 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made public the Brandon Road Study, which details key recommendations and information for preventing the Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

“It is encouraging to see that the U.S. Army Corps’ recommendations include serious measures to deal with this invasive species,” said Kaptur. “Now that we have real information on costs we can move on and receive input from stakeholders, whose livelihoods depend on us keeping the Asian carp out of the Lakes.”

Kaptur has been leading the charge for the U.S. Army Corps to release the Brandon Road Study and introduced the Stop Asian Carp Now Act to force the release of the study, which had been needlessly delayed by the Administration since the original release date of February 28, 2017.

“Our Lakes cannot afford more delays. I remain committed to working in a bipartisan way with the Great Lakes Task Force to ensure this process stays on schedule and moves forward,” Kaptur continued.

You can read the study here. Out of several different options, the U.S. Army Corps designated a preferred course of action: “Technology Alternative – Complex Noise with Electric Barrier.” The plan allows for a non-structural approach that allows shipping to continue and includes the following deterrent measures: complex noise, water jets, engineered channel, electric barrier, flushing lock, boat launches and a separate mooring area.

The public can submit comments by September 21, 2017, to the U.S. Army Corps here.