Sen. Stabenow Statement Following Discovery of Positive Asian Carp eDNA Samples in Western Lake Erie
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, author of the Stop Invasive Species Act that was recently signed into law by President Obama, made the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 3 out of 350 samples taken from western Lake Erie's Maumee Bay and Maumee River tested positive for Asian carp eDNA. This announcement follows last month's discovery of 20 positive samples of Asian carp eDNA taken from western Lake Erie.
"Temporary fixes have proven inadequate, with evidence of this dangerous invasive species now being continually detected in the Great Lakes. This alarming discovery once again underscores the need for the Army Corps to act even more quickly to stop Asian carp and other invasive species from devastating our Great Lakes and the hundreds of thousands of Michigan jobs that depend on them. The new law I authored with Congressman Camp requires much quicker action to prevent the destruction of the Great Lakes ecosystem, which is critical to our economy and Michigan way of life."
The Stop Invasive Species Act, written by Sen. Stabenow and Congressman Dave Camp, was recently signed into law by President Obama. The bipartisan law requires the Army Corps to submit to Congress and the president an expedited plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through 18 possible points of entry across the Great Lakes region.