Detroit News Editorial
April 26, 2014
While the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is moving at a snail’s pace to pick a solution that prevents the harmful Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, the menace is speeding toward Lake Michigan.
That’s why legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller needs to be acted on now.
The Defending Against Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2014 authorizes the secretary of the Army to completely separate the hydrologic connection between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.
At $18.3 billion, it is the most expensive of eight alternatives the Corps is studying.
But it’s also the best solution.
The Corps took 18 months to draft the alternatives, conducted 11 public meetings over the past few months and now is plodding through the comments from 600 participants.
Slow and methodical is fine when possible, but time is running out.
The stakes are high. The carp could destroy the $7 billion a year Great Lakes commercial fishing industry and significantly alter an ecosystem that provides more than 1.5 million jobs in the United States and more than $62 billion in wages annually.
Miller’s bill is gaining support, and it deserves to move quickly through Congress.