State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced a resolution yesterday calling on the federal government to take steps to protect Lake Superior from the threats of Asian carp. It has been noted that Asian carp are poised to enter the Great Lakes through the Chicago Area Waterway System, and the existing protections are not substantial enough to thwart the invasion.
“Michigan’s economy heavily depends on the Great Lakes to keep our state’s tourism industry afloat,” said Dianda. “And the U.P. especially relies on the pristine waters of Lake Superior and the fish that call the Great Lakes home. We cannot risk the introduction of an invasive species, such as Asian carp, into our waterways.”
If introduced to the Great Lakes, Asian carp would compete with native fish for food and could severely decrease the fish populations vital to Michigan’s economy. Lake Superior is home to a thriving fish industry that its neighboring communities rely on. Dianda’s resolution calls on the federal government to take immediate steps to fortify the infrastructure at the Soo Locks to prevent the movement of Asian carp into Lake Superior.
“The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie already span the connecting waters between Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes. We need to secure the infrastructure needed at the locks to keep Superior safe,” Dianda said. “I care deeply about Lake Superior and I know how important it is to residents in the 110th District. I hope my colleagues understand this importance, and pass the resolution to keep our Great Lakes free of invasive fish.”