* Alliance for the Great Lakes…
Federal and state agencies announced [last] Friday that invasive Asian Carp DNA has been found in Bubbly Creek in Chicago, which is about 5 miles from Lake Michigan. This spike in eDNA so close to Lake Michigan is a cause for alarm. Agencies have commenced increased sampling and monitoring in the area.
In reaction to this alarming news, Alliance for the Great Lakes President & CEO Joel Brammeier released the following statement:
“This discovery is yet another sign that we are teetering on the edge of a nightmare scenario. The time for delay is over. We need Governor Pritzker to show leadership and take swift action to sign the letter of agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers that would allow them to move forward with fortifying Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, a critical choke-point for invasive Asian Carp about 50 miles downstream of Chicago. It’s our best chance to stop these aggressive fish from creeping closer to the Great Lakes and crashing our regional economy.”
* I saw a story about the press release online and reached out to the Pritzker administration…
The administration takes the threat Asian Carp poses seriously and is working with surrounding states to ensure plans to prevent the invasive species are cost effective for every state involved.
I was also told that the new infrastructure program includes $2.5 million for pre-construction, engineering, and design work for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project.
OK, but the price tag is $778 million, up from an earlier estimate of $275 million.
* This is what the governor said in April…
“I would like to discuss how we can lower the cost of this plan and still effectively address the threat of Asian carp,” Pritzker said. “I will not sign a Project Partnership Agreement without a cost control strategy and additional cost sharing among the states.”