Rep. Camp Continues Asian Carp Fight In D.C. 2-18-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Rep. Camp Continues Asian Carp Fight In D.C. 2-18-2011

An amendment offered by Rep. Dave Camp that would have closed two Chicago area locks to prevent Asian carp from possibly entering the Great Lakes garnered 137 votes in the House of Representatives, which was not enough for passage.
The measure, which would have amended a bill to fund the federal government through September, would prohibit funding for opening the locks.
“I am not deterred in my fight to keep Asian carp from destroying the Great Lakes," Camp said. "It’s too important to the hundreds of thousands of people whose jobs depend on the lakes, and to protect one of the world’s great ecological treasures from irreparable damage."
Last year, Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduced joint legislation that would require the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an 18 month study on permanently separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
Experts agree hydrological separation is the only sure means of preventing Asian carp and other invasive species from transferring between the two watersheds, and their bill received broad bipartisan support. They plan to reintroduce the legislation in the coming weeks.
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