“We need to be aggressively considering projects like the lock and dam upgrade because the clock is ticking,” said Sierra Club Illinois Chapter Director Jack Darin. “Once Asian carp establish themselves in the Great Lakes, it will be too late.”
Some think it’s missing something.
“There is still no proposal for protecting the Mississippi River basin from the invasive species that are in the Great Lakes,” National Resources Defense Council Midwest Program Senior Attorney Meleah Geertsma said.
Some note that good progress has been made with constant Illinois Department of Natural Resources removals of Asian carp, and the possible true cost of the project through yearly maintenance is concerning.
“If you look at the scope over 50 years, doing the math quickly, it’s not just $275 million – it’s $1.3 billion as it’s currently written,” IDNR Aquaculture and Aquatic Nuisance Species program manager Kevin Irons said.