Bipartisan legislation, the Guarding Our Great Lakes Act, has been introduced to protect the Great Lakes from the Asian carp.
Studies suggest that invasive species have not yet infiltrated the Great Lakes, but reproducing populations have been discovered in nearby tributaries. Great Lakes ecosystems have already been threatened by algae blooms and other invasive species like zebra mussels.
The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congressman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., in the House, and by Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in the Senate.
The bills call for interim improvements to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois, as well as structural upgrades for the Chicago waterway system. The legislation would also force federal and regional authorities to redouble efforts to find a long term solution for protecting the Great Lakes and the economies that rely upon them.
“After years of study, we must begin making tangible progress to safeguard the Great Lakes ecosystem and the $7 billion economy it supports – and that is exactly what this bill would do,” Representative Camp said in a press release.