Supreme Court: Reaffirms carp wisdom

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Showing restraint I did not expect, the Supreme Court decided yet again not to enter the debate over shutting the Chicago-area locks to prevent the spread of Asian carp.


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I am not a blind fool, but the waterways around Chicago outdoors are not the only ways that Asian carp have spread.

I have tracked the Asian carp story since the first one showed up in Chicago.

In fact, it has been well documented for years that Asian carp were reaching Chicago lagoons, though the lagoons are not connected to Lake Michigan, through a means other than the Chicago waterways.

I don’t want Asian carp in Lake Michigan, but neither did I want zebra mussels or round gobies.

The Asian carp issue has been around for decades, and they have been advancing steadily. Now to act like it is a crisis that requires the draconian closure of the Chicago locks is an absurd reaction.

Congrats to the Supreme Court for again showing wisdom and not rushing to a conclusion.

For a different take, here’s reaction from the National Wildlife Federation:

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Rapid Action to Close Invasive Species Superhighway ANN ABROR, MICH. (April 26, 2010)–The United States Supreme Court today refused to take up a case to permanently separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River to prevent the movement of invasive species such as the Asian carp across the country. The court gave no explanation about why it would not hear the case, brought by the state attorneys general of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and New York. Commenting on the case, Marc Smith, policy manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center, said: The court’s refusal to hear the case only underscores the need for the state and federal agencies to take action to shut down this invasive species superhighway that threatens people, businesses, communities and wildlife in the Great Lakes and across the nation. The serious threat posed by the Asian carp–and other aquatic invasive species–cannot be solved by a perpetual state of Band-aid half-measures. The nation has an opportunity to put forward a solution to this crisis that creates jobs, facilitates the movement of commerce, protects communities and helps safeguard the largest freshwater resource in the world. The status quo does not cut it. We need to stop the Asian carp, channel by channel. That means closing all the doors to Lake Michigan while we build a permanent barrier that keeps Asian carp–and other harmful species–from getting into the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

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