Milwaukee Common Council Unanimously Urges Asian Carp Action
The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously passed a resolution this week that urges immediate action to separate the Chicago River system from the Mississippi River Basin. The artificial connection between the two waterways was created a century ago by the Chicago canal system is now the greatest threat to allow invasive species, like the the Asian carp, to reach the Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes from the Mississippi.
There are currently mulitiple studies underway to determine what is the best course of action to separate the two, but it is dangerous to wait too long while the Asian carp threat nears our aquatic ecosystems. Milwaukee hopes to be the first of many Great Lakes cities, including Chicago, to pass such resolutions so real action is taken to stop an Asian carp invasion.
Read more about the Council's resolution on the Asian Carp issue in the Dan Egan's Dec. 18th article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee Aldermen Urge Separation of Chicago River, Mississippi Basin
The Milwaukee Common Council has had enough of the Chicago River and the threat it poses to all of the Great Lakes. The council passed a unanimous resolution Tuesday that calls for separating the Chicago River system from the Asian carp-infested Mississippi River basin, and the leader of a group representing the region's mayors said he expects other Great Lakes cities to follow suit.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has recently published a series detailing many of the problems that Chciago River and its canal system poses on the Great Lakes.