MI - Invasive Asian carp, erosion must stop to save Great Lakes, testifies Huizenga

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, last week highlighted the negative impacts of invasive Asian carp and erosion on the nation’s Great Lakes region during testimony on Capitol Hill.

“Asian carp and other invasive species are on the doorstep of infiltrating the Great Lakes system,” Rep. Huizenga told his colleagues on Feb. 27 during a members’ day hearing held by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee on proposals for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020. “Congress needs to make protecting and preserving the Great Lakes a national priority,” he said.

The congressman testified that the introduction of non-native species to the Great Lakes is currently one of the greatest economic and environmental threats to the region.

“The preventative measures we currently have in place are only temporary solutions, as Asian carp have been found only a few miles from Lake Michigan,” he said.

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