Peters Statement on New Study Finding Asian Carp Able to Survive in Larger Areas of Lake Michigan Than Previously Known

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the newly published University of Michigan study that found Asian Carp have a larger suitable habitat and are capable of growing in larger portions of Lake Michigan than previously known:

“The Great Lakes are not only an economic engine and source of drinking water to 40 million people — they are part of who we are as Michiganders. This study on Lake Michigan reinforces the urgent need to take every step possible to prevent the spread of Asian Carp and invasive species. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to authorize the funding needed to act on Asian carp, protect Michigan’s fishing and boating industries and conserve our Great Lakes for future generations.”

Peters has long supported efforts in Congress to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species. Last month, Peters helped introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to increase and extend funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which is set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2021, for another five years. GLRI is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes, beaches, waterways and fighting invasive species like Asian carp. Since its inception in 2010, GLRI has provided more than $762 million for 880 projects across Michigan. Peters also toured the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, IL last month with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation to highlight efforts that will safeguard the Great Lakes from invasive species.