Business Community Reacts to GLMRIS Report

UnLock Our Jobs Encourages Policy Makers to Adopt Comprehensive Control Plan; Avoid Controversial and Ineffective Measures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the first comprehensive assessment of potential control measures for invasive species in the Great Lakes – known as the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). This report offers policy makers important information on a range of possible control measures to address invasive species movement between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.

Speaking on behalf of stakeholders across 13 states, members of UnLock Our Jobs urged policy makers to focus on a comprehensive, long-term plan to address invasive species moving forward.

“UnLock Our Jobs and its member organizations recognize the need to prevent the movement of invasive species, including Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. We support a comprehensive program to protect the environment and preserve the free flow of waterborne commerce,” said American Waterways Operators President & CEO Tom Allegretti. “Any effective control program must protect water quality in the Great Lakes, maintain the value of America’s waterway transportation network to the regional and national economy, and address flooding and quality of life concerns for impacted communities.”

“New policies for our waterways impact jobs, communities, and the economy nationally – not just in the Chicago region. Policy makers must consider the needs of affected citizens, residents, and businesses across the country, as they use this report to work towards effective control programs,” continued Benjamin Brockschmidt, Director of Federal Affairs at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

“The GLMRIS report clearly indicates that physical separation is too expensive, too slow, and too uncertain to be a viable solution to the spread of invasive species,” said Mark Biel, Chair of UnLock Our Jobs and Executive Director for the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois. “With human transfer as the greatest risk for the introduction of most invasive species – and particularly Asian carp – the only effective solution is a comprehensive region-wide plan for controlling invasive species populations.”

Additional information on the GLMRIS Report, its findings, and the importance of a comprehensive, regional approach to addressing invasive species, can be found online here.