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Granholm, Cherry Urge Attorney General Cox to Pursue Every Legal Means to Keep Asian Carp Out of Great Lakes
December 02, 2009
December 2, 2009
LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Lt. Governor John D. Cherry Jr. today urged Attorney General Mike Cox to vigorously pursue every legal means to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
"The Great Lakes' ecosystem is at risk and because of the importance of the Great Lakes to Michigan's economy, we urge you to vigorously pursue every legal tool at your disposal as Michigan's attorney general to prevent the ecological disaster that will occur if Asian carp are allowed into the Great Lakes," said Granholm and Cherry in a letter delivered to Cox today. "Michigan's $4.5 billion sport and commercial fishery is in jeopardy."
"We believe that emergency action to close the Chicago Sanitary Shipping Canal locks, and ultimately, the permanent biological and/or hydrological separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi system via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal must be fully explored and appropriate legal action pursued as quickly as possible," Granholm and Cherry said.
- providing direct financial support for the electrical barrier in 2004;
- providing staffing, materials and equipment for the upcoming emergency response along with other states and Canadian provinces.
"We ask that you join us in this effort to protect the Great Lakes," Granholm and Cherry said. "We appreciate your immediate response as the state's lawyer to this imminent and looming threat to Michigan's natural resources and economy."