''Carp in cross hairs,'' Tribune Chronicle, Thursday, July 1, 2010.
The Asian carp has been in the news several times of late. What is needed here is action. This predator has breached the last barrier to the Great Lakes. Before excoriating those in charge, who have delayed action, let's talk about the Great Lakes.
These glacial lakes were deposited here eons ago when the glacial era evaporated. These Great Lakes are called "great" for a reason. They are national treasures. There is no other area on earth where such an array of fresh water exists. To even attempt to put a monetary value on a reason for not stopping the Asian carp from getting anywhere near the Great Lakes borders on the sublime.
Illinois was first to complain about the loss of revenue if further action was taken to stop this voracious carp to get into the Great Lakes. Representatives have chimed into the affray. Now Congress is calling for action. The slowdown is now more or less in the hands of the Army Corps of Engineers. There is talk of an investigation to determine what should be done, once again setting economic concerns against an irreversible error if those foreign predators make even a single entrance into the Great Lakes. This is abominable.
Whatever is on the drawing boards right now to prevent the incursion of this predator, then that action that is called should be implemented now, not at a later date to be determined. Time is of the essence. Every state that borders any of the Great Lakes should begin to have the job done and the sooner the better. Procrastination would be deadly.
Leonard J. Sainato