Thursday, January 27, 2011

Against Aquatic Nuisance Species: GLMRIS

Conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), other federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations, the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) will evaluate different methods of preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River through open waterways. Aquatic nuisance species are defined as "a nonindigenous species that threatens the diversity or abundance of native species or the ecological stability of infested waters, or commercial, agricultural, aquacultural or recreational activities dependent on such waters" (GLMRIS page).

The results of this regional study will be available in four years. Concerns have been raised that something needs to be done about Asian Carp now, and critics are wondering if this is the best course of action. State DNRs have positively responded to this project. The study is hoped to provide suggestions for permanent solutions in addition to actions that are currently taking place. For more information, read the Green Bay release.

Study area map from GLMRIS website.