The National Wildlife Federation

Protect Your Water: Stop Asian Carp

Asian Carp

Asian carp are an invasive species which have disrupted fisheries throughout the South and Midwest and now threaten the Great Lakes. Asian carp include bighead, silver, black, and grass carp. Bighead and silver carp have damaged fisheries from Kentucky Lake to the Illinois River by hoarding food resources and outcompeting native sport fish. In addition, Black carp threaten endangered mussels from Louisiana all the way up to Illinois and the Ohio River. And finally, Grass carp threaten waterfowl habitat and are reproducing in Lake Erie and its tributaries.

We have a rare opportunity to stop bighead and silver carp from getting into the Great Lakes where they would threaten the $7 billion sport-fishing industry, the fisheries and way of life for over 40 million people. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reinforce the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which would implement multiple technologies to keep Asian carp from advancing closer to Lake Michigan, as a silver carp was able to do in 2017.

No matter where you live or where you fish, we need your help in urging Congress to approve and fund the Brandon Road plan to Stop Asian Carp. At the same time, we need to continue to provide federal and state funding to ensure actions are ongoing to help recover fisheries that are under siege by Asian carp and protect waters that Asian carp are threatening to invade.

Please tell your Senator and Member of Congress to support the Brandon Road plan and Stop Asian Carp!

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