U.S. Rep. Candice S. Miller: Drastic action needed against the dire threat of Asian carp
For more than two decades — since the escape of Asian Carp into the Mississippi River watershed — the prospect of these invaders entering the Great Lakes has been real and alarming.
Those alarms have been sounded by scientists and environmentalists and in countless studies of the destructive potential of these voracious, non-native fish.
Yet every year, the threat has continued to grow and grow closer. In 2014, the only thing separating populations of silver and bighead carp from Lake Michigan is a few miles of channel flowing through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.