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Old 02-05-2010, 12:10 PM   #11
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Specialist: 'Great Lakes are under assault from foreign invaders'
Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010, 8:40 am
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Petoskey News-Review - Specialist: 'Great Lakes are under assault from foreign invaders'
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“In the Great Lakes, we have never been able to eradicate an aquatic invasive species,” McKay told nearly 20 attendees. “Prevention is the most protective and cost-effective way to prevent damage to the Great Lakes.”

McKay defined an aquatic invasive species as “an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” She told attendees the United States spends ...
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“In addition to economic losses, there are ecosystem impacts including food-web disruptions, water quality degradation, pathogens and human health threats,” she said.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:40 PM   #12
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Commercial fishers have over-fished every other species to the point of extinction of many of them - perhaps they should be turned loose on these carp. We & our pets will eat the catches, get rid of the carp, & maybe we can get a handle on the problem that way. Yes, it will likely require tenders to monitor the catch so non-carp species that are already endangered or at least threatened are not taken, but perhaps this would be the least toxic way to get rid of the problem. People have to eat, & if you can sell the sizzle of a thing, you can pretty much sell almost anything. The magic words are "new!", "exciting!", & "different!" If you're including the young, include such words / phrases as "will gross out your parents" & you're guaranteed a winner. Having grown up in an advertising household & spent most of my adult life in business, I say these things with only the tip of my tongue in cheek. .
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:48 PM   #13
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Their electronic barriers have most likely already failed. The solution is simple. Close the locks. Most unfortunately, the entire state of Illinois is fighting the closing of the locks. It is unconscionable to fight the closing of the locks when an entire ecosystem is at risk. Shame on Mayor Daley and Illionois' Attorny General Lisa Madigan for being so short sighted.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:35 PM   #14
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Since 2009, eDNA sampling has been conducted to detect the possible presence of Asian carp in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and surrounding waterways in northern Illinois, including the confluence with Lake Michigan. Positive results have been obtained at locations throughout the waterway and, most recently, Calumet Harbor in southern Lake Michigan, a warning sign that Asian carp could have advanced past an electric barrier that has previously prevented their movement north. In response, Federal, State, Provincial, non-governmental, industry, and academic partners have formed an Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee to address this threat to the Great Lakes.
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"Their electronic barriers have most likely already failed."... bad news... 32 DNA samples for Asian carp found past barrier - JSOnline and Asian carp DNA found as closure rejected - JSOnline That's 32 DNA samples already admitted to being found past the barrier and they didn't open their mouths until AFTER the Supreme Court refused to force Illinois to close its waterways. I hate to say it but... this is beyond short sighted on behalf of our current administration to have left these waterways open. Makes me embarrassed to say I'm from Illinois. We've lost our common sense in this state.
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As officials fight to keep the fearsome Asian carp from making its way into the Great Lakes, TIME takes a look at other species that have overstayed their welcome
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By Claire Suddath
Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010

Asian Carp - Top 10 Invasive Species - TIME
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They're heeeeerree. Well, maybe. Asian carp DNA — but thankfully, no actual fish — has been found in water samples taken from the Chicago river near a pumping station in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Ill.

In the 1970s, catfish farmers used these hardy foreign carp to remove algae from their ponds. But over the decades, floods that caused catfish ponds to overflow have released the species into the Mississippi river basin...
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Activists promise fight for more Great Lakes money
February 4, 2010, 10:30AM ET
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Activists promise fight for more Great Lakes money - BusinessWeek
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The groups said they would push Congress to at least match the current year's $475 million. That amount, they said, would improve prospects for fulfilling Obama's campaign pledge of $5 billion over a decade.

"The administration started strong; it needs to stay strong...
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The governor of Michigan and other officials in Great Lakes states say the plan does too much to protect Illinois’s barge industry and too little to protect the lakes. They say that the Great Lakes’ ecology — and the $7 billion fishing industry that depends on the lakes — already have been damaged severely by invasive species like mussels. They warn that it could be ravaged by an exploding carp population....
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U.S. Officials Plan $78.5 Million Effort to Keep Dangerous Carp Out of Great Lakes
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Published: February 9, 2010

U.S. Offers Plan to Block Asian Carp From Great Lakes - NYTimes.com
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CHICAGO — Federal authorities on Monday presented a $78.5 million plan intended to block Asian carp, a hungry, huge, nonnative fish, from invading the Great Lakes.
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The state officials said they appreciated that the federal government was stepping in, but at least one said the plan did not go far enough.
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Published: February 22, 2010

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The Obama administration on Sunday unveiled an ambitious plan to rescue and repair the Great Lakes after a century of environmental neglect and abuse. The plan calls for spending more than $2 billion over five years on a wide range of restoration programs carried out by federal agencies, state and local governments and tribal and private groups under the guidance of the Environmental Protection Agency...
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