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Canadian and American Mayors Call for Urgent
Action against Asian Carp

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin  - June 6, 2019   (LSN)  As part of the 16th Annual Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative, held June 5-7 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, US and Canadian Mayors joined together in making an urgent call  for  action against Asian Carp. Mayors from the U.S. and Canada signed the "Mayors’ Declaration to Stop Asian Carp,” highlighting the need to act quickly and decisively. Nipigon MAYOR Richard Harvey was a participant at the conference as a MEMBER of the GLSLCI. 

"Since the first Asian Carp appeared, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative have taken this issue very seriously. These four fish species from Asia, called "Asian Carp", were introduced to clean up ponds in the southern US. Unfortunately, spills and flooding allowed them to enter the Mississippi and other rivers, where they have made their way to the edge of the Great Lakes, threatening the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. “Humankind has created this problem and now humankind needs to take action to rectify the situation!" said Michelle Morin-Doyle, Chair of the GLSLCI Board of Directors and Deputy Mayor of Quebec City.

The situation is particularly worrying at the Brandon Road Dam near Joliet, Illinois. A real choke point in the waterways leading to Lake Michigan, its protection is vital for the entire basin. The GLSLCI was encouraged to hear of the recent signing of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ report recommending new Asian Carp prevention measures at Brandon Road Dam.  This action paves the way for US Congress to invest in the project. The Cities Initiative, by signing the Mayors' Declaration to Stop Asian Carp, supports this report and at the same time calls on US Congress to invest in Brandon Road in our fight against Asian Carp," said Niagara Falls NY Mayor Paul Dyster.

Eating up to 40% of their weight in a single day, some Asian Carp can weight from 80-100 lbs. Reproducing at a frantic pace, they can quickly take control of an entire ecosystem. "Asian Carp are knocking on our door and we must, by all means at our disposal prevent them from destroying the Great Lakes and eventually the St. Lawrence,” said MAYOR Richard Harvey. 

“The risk posed by Asian Carp is real, and the potential for damage is great, on both sides of the border. Therefore we are asking, in the Declaration signed by our members, to double the efforts currently being made to combat Asian Carp. The time to act is now, before it is too late” concluded MAYOR Richard Harvey Of Nipigon.

The Great Lakes and St.Lawrence Cities Initiative  is a binational coalition of over 80 US and Canadian Mayors and municipal leaders, representing over 17 million people, working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

 

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
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