The long-anticipated study by the Army Corps of Engineers on options for preventing the spread of invasive species, including Asian carp, in the Great Lakes basin has been released.
“This report is critical to addressing the urgent threat of invasive species on the health and economic vitality of the Great Lakes basin,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.
“I am pleased that the study is complete and am committed to fighting for very aggressive methods of protection to be adopted.”
In February of 2012, Congressman Higgins and his colleagues on the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force pushed for the expedited completion of this report citing the urgent threat posed by invasive species to the Great Lakes.
According to the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes generate $7 billion in economic activity each year, supporting 1.5 million jobs. Invasive species cost the Great Lakes region hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Congressman Brian Higgins, whose Western New York district borders Lake Erie, is a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force and a vocal advocate on issues associated with the protection of the water and investments on the waterfront.