Press Releases

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 READ MORE

Press Release: No Asian Carp Found Above Barrier

Search Returns No Asian Carp in Lake Calumet; Business Leaders Suggest Carping, Not Carp The Growing Threat

CHICAGO, IL – After an extensive four day search for Asian carp in Lake Calumet, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced today that no specimen was found.  Many who favor lock closure and permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River Watershed pointed to an increase in the number of positive eDNA samples in the lake as cause to pursue READ MORE

Press Release: Indiana Congressman Introduces Carp Legislation

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, Representative Pete Visclosky (D-IN) introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a thorough analysis of the flow of commerce and commercial activity through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) prior to undertaking any major legislative action on the part of the federal government to address the presence of Asian carp.

“The Chicago Locks are a vital commercial shipping pathway in the region to the tune of $29 billion annually and, READ MORE

Press Release: Biased Carp Report To Call For Separation

CHICAGO, IL – Today, the Prairie Rivers Network announced the release of a report to address next steps to combat the presence of Asian carp in the Great Lakes region. The group is expected to, once again, call for permanent separation of the Mississippi River Basin from the Great Lakes. This extreme call has been dismissed by state and federal government agencies due to its astronomical price tag and other feasibility concerns.

“The issues this report claims to address have READ MORE

Press Release: Schuette’s Misguided Carp Appeal Proceeds

CHICAGO, IL – Today, attorneys on both sides of the Asian carp debate argued in front of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the suit brought by five Attorneys General in the Great Lakes region requesting a reversal of District Court Judge Robert M. Dow’s decision last year denying a demand to immediately close the Chicago locks.  Dow outlined the complete lack of evidence put forth by the plaintiffs to support their claim that continued operation of the READ MORE

Press Release: Coalition Applauds Federal Judge’s Decision to Keep Chicago Locks Open, Decision denies requests to cutoff interstate commerce

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, Judge Robert M. Dow of the U.S. District Court in Chicago ruled that the Chicago locks will remain open in the case filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in early July by several Midwest states seeking immediate action to separate the lakes from the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The judge’s ruling means that the locks – through which more than $29 billion worth of commodities travel annually – will remain open and operating READ MORE

Press Release: Plaintiff’s Final Arguments In Asian Carp Lawsuit Based On Fear, Speculation Rather Than Facts

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today marks the final opportunity for parties involved in the lawsuit filed by several states’ demanding lock closure in the Chicago Area Waterway System to submit closing arguments and briefs to the judge. The closing arguments provided by the plaintiff state attorneys general this week reiterate that their case depends entirely on unproven eDNA testing methods and the discovery of a single fish in Lake Calumet, likely transported by humans. Throughout the trial, the Great Lakes Attorneys READ MORE

Press Release: U.S. and Canada Announce Joint Asian Carp Study

Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans Joins Great Lakes Fishery Commission for Risk Assessment

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced a joint project to assess the risk Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes. The Canadian government initiated the eighteen month review which will include both Canadian and American scientists and will be open to peer review.

In response to this announcement, Mark Biel, chairman of UnLock Our Jobs READ MORE

Press Release: Ports of Indiana Study Quantifies Costs of Lock Closure

Finds $1.9 billion in economic activity and 17,655 jobs related to lock activity.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, UnLock Our Jobs and the Ports of Indiana co-hosted a conference call to discuss a new report commissioned by the Ports of Indiana, and conducted by the economic consulting firm of Martin Associates, outlining the potentially devastating impact closure of the Chicago area lock system or permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River Basin will inflict on the State READ MORE

Press Release: Federal Carp Czar Announced

Coalition responds White House’s pick to head federal action on Asian carp issue

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, the White House announced John Goss, former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and former executive director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, is the federal Asian carp czar.  In response to this development, Mark Biel, chairman of UnLock Our Jobs, released the following statement:

 “While I respect the administration’s efforts on this issue, I believe the only way to achieve READ MORE