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Schuette Praises Quickness of Great Lakes Commission Study
On Separation of Great Lakes And Mississippi River
John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060Agency:
January 31, 2012
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today praised the release
of a thorough study conducted by the Great Lakes Commission and the St. Lawrence
Cities Initiative that examines a permanent ecological separation of the Great
Lakes and Mississippi River basins, noting the group completed the study in just
18 months, whereas the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study may not be complete by
2015 or beyond.
"Asian carp are knocking at the front door of the Great Lakes, so
we simply do not have until 2015 to complete a study. We need to get started
separating these two bodies of water as soon as possible," said Schuette. "The
Great Lakes Commission accomplished in months what the Army Corps hasn't been
able to do in years.
With thousands of jobs and a spectacular ecological resource at stake, we can no
longer afford to wait for the federal government."
The study released today, called Restoring the Natural Divide:
Separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins in the Chicago Area
Waterways System, is available at
As Attorney General, Schuette is designated by statute to serve
on the Great Lakes Commission.
noted he is continuing forward with Michigan's lawsuit against the Army Corps of
Engineers and the Chicago Water District, joined by attorneys general from
Minnesota Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as the Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The states filed a Petition for a Writ of
Certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case and require the Corps
to take action to install block nets in certain parts of the Chicago waterway
system and accelerate the completion of its own study of permanent ecological
separation between the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins. Schuette
expects a decision from the Court regarding whether it will accept the states'
request in the spring.
In addition to the lawsuit, Schuette is continuing his efforts to
build a national coalition to demand tough action
by Congress to force the Corps to combat the spread
of invasive species through the Chicago Waterway System, including the voracious