Congress members from Michigan have introduced the Stop Invasive Species Act, designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
The legislation would require that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submit to Congress an expedited plan with options for stopping the invaders from entering the Great lakes at 18 possible points of entry. Also, the Corps would be required to submit a progress report to Congress and the President within 90 days of the law’s enactment, with the full plan to be completed within 18 months.
“It has become clear that Asian carp are migrating throughout the Great Lakes region, and efforts to stop the spread of this invasive species must now address every possible point of entry,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, one of the bill’s sponsors.
“Asian carp pose a grave threat to Michigan’s $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion recreational boating industry and the entire Great Lakes ecosystem and we need action now. We can’t afford to wait.”
Stabenow is correct, or course. But regrettably, Congress is not likely to do anything about this threat. Statesmanship (governing for the public good) no longer exists in that open sewer known as Washington, D.C. The only thing that matters there these days for most of them is self-preservation as a part of privileged ruling class.