Invasive Species Sparks Discussion in Erie


Numerous invasive species could be a threat to our great lake so the US Army Corps of Engineers hosted a public meeting tonight to discuss this issue. The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study show numerous invasive species could pose a threat to our area. The main concern is the transferring back and forth of species from the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes. There are three invasive species from the Mississippi River that are medium or high risk to the Great Lakes and ten from the Great Lakes that are a threat to transfer to the Mississippi River. Asian carp are among those invasive species that could be heading to the shores of Lake Erie. Officials say Asian carp can be on 20 to 30 pounds on average. Some reports show they have seen carp upwards of 60 to 80 pounds. Since these fish are not native to our local waters the Army Corps of Engineers has put together 8 different project options that could help combat the problem. The potential projects could cost millions to billions of dollars to complete. The major concern of people who attended tonight’s meeting was the urgency and many people in the area want something implemented quickly.

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