Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Urges Reversal of White House’s Delay to Invasive Asian Carp Prevention Efforts

Mar 6, 2017
Press Release

U.S. Rep Rick Nolan today urged President Donald Trump to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately engage with local and state governments, as well as fisheries and other interested groups, to implement a long-term solution for keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes and in the meantime, reverse the decision to suspend the vital ongoing study at Brandon Road lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois.

“This suspension jeopardizes numerous industries in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including our Nation’s $7 billion sport fishing market, $16 billion boating industry, and $18 billion hunting and wildlife observation market,” Nolan said in a letter to the President. “There is a consensus that the threat is real, and unfortunately efforts to solve the problem are now mired in bureaucratic inaction. Further delay only increases the likelihood that this threat becomes a full scale, irreversible inundation of this highly destructive invasive species.”

Nolan has long been a leader in invasive species prevention. He led the effort to close the Lock and Dam at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis as a step toward containing Asian Carp and preventing them from traveling north to infest and wreak havoc on Northern Minnesota's sport fishing industry and the hundreds of millions of dollars in good paying jobs and economic benefits it supports.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to halt the study undermines this progress,” Nolan said.

Joining Nolan on the letter are U.S. Reps Mike Bishop, Bill Huizenga, Marcy Kaptur, Fred Upton, Paul Mitchell, Mike Quigley, Jack Bergman, David Joyce, Justin Amash, Louise Slaughter, and Debbie Dingell.

The full text of the letter is available below:

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump:

This letter is intended to address an urgent concern relative to the Great Lakes region.

As you know, The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) first announced the Brandon Road Lock and Dam evaluation in April 2015 as part of the ongoing Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Study. This evaluation is in intended to determine the possibility of establishing preventative measures against an invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.

The Corps initially announced a release of a draft of the Brandon Road report on February 28, 2017. Just before midnight on February 27, however, the Corps announced they will be delaying the release of the draft until further notice.

This suspension jeopardizes numerous industries in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Wisconsin, including our $7 billion sport fishing market, $16 billion boating industry, and $18 billion hunting and wildlife observation market.     

There is a consensus that the threat is real, and unfortunately efforts to solve the problem are now mired in bureaucratic inaction. Further delay only increases the likelihood that this threat becomes a full scale, irreversible inundation of this highly destructive invasive species.  

We respectfully request your personal assistance in directing the Corps to immediately engage with local and state governments, as well as fisheries and other interested groups, to implement a long-term solution for keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes and reverse the decision to suspend the formulation of such plans.

The proposed infrastructure developments at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam is intended to prevent the immediate upstream transfer of Asian Carp, preserving our ecology and saving billions of dollars. United in this bipartisan cause, as representatives from Great Lakes States, we are committed to the defense against the Asian Carp invasion and the preservation of this precious natural resource.

Thank you for your timely review and thoughtful consideration, we look forward to a swift response.

Sincerely,

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