Mitchell Statement on Final Army Corps Approval of Plan to Protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp

May 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers finalized a plan to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.


“I greatly appreciate the work done so far by the USACE in studying the Brandon Road project, and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite’s approval of the Corp’s plan to help stop the spread of Asian carp. As all Michiganders know, if invasive species get into the Great Lakes it will have a catastrophic effect on our commerce and way of life. The recent discovery of Asian carp eDNA in Lake Calumet - which is mere miles from Lake Michigan - shows the threat is very real and action must be taken quickly to address the issue. This approved Chief’s Report from the USACE is a major step in this process, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congress, and the Administration to finalize all necessary approvals, secure funding, and expedite construction of the needed preventive measures.”