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Senators Call for Release of Invasive Carp Report

This silver carp was captured in the St. Croix River.  A group of U.S. Senators wants to know why a report about keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes has not been released. This silver carp was captured in the St. Croix River. A group of U.S. Senators wants to know why a report about keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes has not been released. |  Photo: Minnesota DNR, file

April 11, 2017 04:52 PM

A group of Great Lakes Senators is asking the Trump administration why a report on invasive carp has still not been released.

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There are fears that the carp will make their way from the Illinois River into Lake Michigan, and possibly other Great Lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was due to release a study on the issue in February, but it's still not public.

Twelve senators, all Democrats, sent a letter to President Donald Trump and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, asking them to release the report. The letter was written by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and was also signed by Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, among others.

"We are concerned by what we understand to be a White House decision to delay and potentially modify this report that has been under development for years," the letter states. "When taken together with the proposal to eliminate all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the fiscal year 2018 budget, delaying the release of this plan to address Asian carp only raises further questions about the Administration's commitment to protecting our Great Lakes."

The Senators say an explanation that further coordination with stakeholders is necessary before the report can be released is "hard to comprehend."


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