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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on Release of Asian Carp Study

August 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement after the Trump Administration released the Brandon Road Lock and Dam Study, which provides critical new information on options for implementing Asian carp control measures to protect the Great Lakes. Dingell and her colleagues have repeatedly urged the administration to release the study, which has been delayed since February 28, 2017.

“With the discovery of a live silver carp only nine miles from Lake Michigan in June, this study should have been made public far sooner. Asian carp have the potential to decimate the waters we all love and depend upon, as well as our region’s $7 billion fishing and $16 billion boating industries. We cannot afford to wait to combat this threat. This long-overdue study is critical to getting a full understanding of our options to stop this destructive force. We need to review its recommendations in detail and have a full and robust public comment period, then work to immediately implement measures that will ensure Asian carp never enter the Great Lakes.”

In June, Dingell and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) wrote a bipartisan letter to President Trump, signed by all 14 Members of the Michigan House delegation, urging the administration to immediately release the study. Representatives from the Great Lakes states also wrote the White House in March asking them to reverse the decision to delay the report.