Camp: Lock out the Asian carp

Feb 17, 2011

U.S.  Representative Dave Camp of Midland is trying a new approach to keep invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.

He  wants to ban the use of federal funds to open Chicago-area shipping locks. Camp says the Great Lakes ecosystem is far too valuable to jeopardize.

And he’s not willing to wait for the Army Corps of engineers to come up with new recommendations to prevent the spread of the fish.

“I helped get funding for the first electronic barrier in the region in 2006, so here we are in 2011, five years later, and they’re saying they need another five years," Camp says. "And it would seem to me an imminent threat to the world’s largest body of fresh water could be addressed sooner than 10 years.”

Businesses that use the Great Lakes for shipping say shutting down a portion of the Missisippi River network near Chicago would disrupt business nationwide.