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Old 04-09-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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EPA admits blame for invasive species
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Nathan Hurst / Detroit News Washington Bureau
Last Updated: February 25. 2010 1:00AM

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A 41-page report from the Environmental Protection Agency released this week that acknowledges that, until recently, the agency hasn't done enough to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The admission in the "Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan" comes as environmentalists and anglers alike are in a tizzy over the potential invasion of the dreaded Asian carp.

Since the discovery of Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan sparked emergency actions by federal and state authorities in late 2009, debate on how to deal with the problem has heated up in Washington.

Experts say the carp, which spawn with speed and have voracious appetites, could quickly take over the Great Lakes, having a greater impact than earlier invasive species like the zebra mussel and lamprey eel.

But the government's own plan for controlling the carp includes a rare admission: "Efforts are still evolving to meet this threat."
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan 2/21/2010. Understanding this, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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The Initiative is not intended to be another grand statement about the Great Lakes; it is intended to operationalize those statements. It builds on countless hours by elected, agency, business, public interest and other leaders, which resulted in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy). The GLRC Strategy provides a framework for the Action Plan, and the Action Plan is just that: an action driver. It articulates the most significant ecosystem problems and efforts to address them in five major focus areas:
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Did government agencies help create the Asian carp crisis?
4/14/2010
By Sandra Svoboda

Metro Times - News+Views: Fishing for truth
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"The public sectors, including universities and state and federal entities, have contributed significantly to at least one importation of the black carp, the spawning and probable release into natural waters of the silver and bighead carps, and the distribution and use of all three species," reads a 2008 report from researchers at the National Aquaculture Research Center in Stuttgart, Ark., and the University of Arkansas.

Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded some of those studies in the 1970s that were done by state employees and private fish farmers. "We know now it was maybe not the best idea," Oliver says.

Some of the silver and bighead carp escaped from farms in Arkansas and Mississippi and migrated up the Mississippi River, says Kevin Irons, an ecologist with...
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