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Miller Seeks Great Lakes Separation
ABILL INTRODUCED THIS YEAR in the U.S. House of Representatives could protect the Great Lakes from invasive carp, but end the Great Loop cruising route as we know it.
In early March 2014, the chairwoman of the Congressional Boating
Caucus and former Michigan boat dealer, Candice Miller, introduced
a bill that seeks to prevent the further spread of invasive species or
aquatic nuisance species (ANS). The proposal would give the Army
Corps of Engineers the authority to design and construct a physical
barrier between the Great Lakes and the Illinois River at the base of
the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
At an estimated $16 billion, the project is the highest priced of
the eight alternatives proposed in the Great Lakes and Mississippi
River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) released in early 2014. In a recent
press release, Miller said this is a small price to pay if the Great
Lakes fishing economy is saved.
“For me, as a lifelong boater who grew up on the Great Lakes,
spending time on the water is a way of life,” Miller said. “I know how
important recreational and commercial boating is to our economic
and social vitality. I also know the havoc Asian carp will wreak on
our delicate ecosystem and fishing industry if we let them invade
our lakes, which is why I have introduced legislation to completely
separate the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes.”
In January of 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers released the
long-awaited GLMRIS, which looked at alternatives for addressing
nuisance species spreading between the Great Lakes and Mississippi
River. The study proposed eight options that ranged from doing
nothing to constructing physical barriers between the watersheds.
Miller’s bill calls for separation and the building of barriers, the most
costly of the suggested actions. “When you talk about the hydraulic
separation of these waterways, it is very serious. This would end
Great Loop cruising as we know it, as well as create major economic impact to the cargo shipping that keeps many of these river
and lakeside communities alive,” said David Kennedy of BoatU.S.
Government Affairs. “Although we hope this bill will reengage
Congress to take a serious look at ANS, we aren’t convinced physical
barriers are the only way to address the problem.”
— NICOLE PALYA WOOD
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