Resources

General Background

Fact Sheet: USACE GLMRIS Report January 2014 Release In January 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report. This report catalogs potential options for limiting the movement of invasive species from over nearly 30 different aquatic pathways between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
Asian Carp Control Framework The primary government document evaluating Asian carp and the preventative measures available to prevent their further spread.
Congressional Research Service Document “Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region” The 111th Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement additional measures to prevent invasive species from bypassing the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Dispersal Barrier Project and dispersing into the Great Lakes. Other bills have been introduced to list additional Asian carp species as injurious under the Lacey Act (H.R. 48, H.R. 3173, S. 237, S. 1421), and to direct various federal agencies to take specific actions to increase control over and restrict the spread of Asian carp.
Asian Carp Identification Key Overview of the five species of Asian carp and a guide to help identify them.
Current Fish Barriers Outline of the history, purpose and location of the dispersal barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) designed to prevent the spread of Asian carp while maintaining commercial activity on the river.
Chicago Waterway Map A comprehensive map of the Chicago Waterway System.
Indiana Ports Study: Economic Impacts of Waterborne Shipping on the Indiana LakeshoreAn examination of the economic impacts of waterborne shipping on the Indiana Lakeshore.

Fact Sheets

General Myth vs. Fact Sheet Highlights of the facts surrounding Asian carp and lock closure.
eDNA: Myth vs. Fact In January 2011, David Lodge, Director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame, released a paper attempting to position a newly developed testing method – eDNA – as proof positive that Asian carp breached existing barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal. Lodge’s paper makes inaccurate and misleading statements to “prove” his point.
Fact Sheet: USACE Report Underscores Need for Alternative, Long-Term Solutions The facts surrounding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) most recent report, Interim Report III, which outlines a process through which they may temporarily pursue intermittent lock closure in support of Asian carp control and research activities.
American Waterways Operators Fact Sheet A fact sheet encouraging the protection of the environment and the economy in the Chicago region by maintaining waterborne commerce.
Fact Sheet: What if Asian carp are beyond the barriers? The facts about Asian carp beyond the barriers.
Fact Sheet: The Limitations of eDNA Evidence The facts about the limitations of eDNA.
Fact Sheet: Homeland Security Risk’s of Lock Closure The facts about the Homeland Security risks involved with lock closure.
Fact Sheet: Wabash River Panic Fact sheet regarding the unneccessary panic raised due to the discovery of Asian carp in Wabash River.
Fact Sheet: Agriculture Stance Facts on the devastating effects closing the locks will have on the agricultural industry in the Midwest.
Fact Sheet: Ports of Indiana Economic Impacts Facts on the economic effects of lock closure on Indiana ports.
Fact Sheet: ACRCC Recent and Upcoming Activity

Official Opposition to Closing Public Waterways

Chicago Council Resolution Resolution by Chicago Aldermen asking the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the Chicago River locks open.
IL Assembly Resolution SR779 A resolution by the senate of the 96th assembly of Illinois urging the United States Army Corps of Engineers to seek alternatives to the closure of the Chicago Area Waterway System’s locks and canals that would not impede commerce.
IL Assembly Resolution HR1154 A resolution by the house of representatives of the 96th assembly of Illinois urging the United States Army Corps of Engineers to seek alternatives to the closure of the Chicago Area Waterway systems of locks and canals that would not impede commerce.
Halvorson-Davis Letter Letter from Representatives Debbie Halvorson and Danny Davis requesting additional information from the Army Corps of Engineers on the potential economic impacts of lock closure.

Economic and Environmental Impacts of Closing the Illinois Waterway

DePaul: The Economic Effects of Terminating Lock Operations Professor Joseph P. Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development outlines the costs associated with lock closure.
National Waterways Foundation: A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public- Executive Summary An examination of the benefits of waterway freight over other modes of transportation.
National Waterways Foundation: A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public – Full Study An examination of the benefits of waterway freight over other modes of transportation.
National Waterways Foundation: Working for American Brochure An overview of the public interest benefits associated with waterway transport, including benefits to health, safety, the environment, and the economy.
National Waterways Foundation: Advantage of Barge Transportation – A Smaller Carbon Footprint An overview of the efficiency and environmental benefits associated with waterway transportation.

The Science Behind the Threat

Indiana Illinois Sea Grant Study Evaluation of Asian carp colonization potential and its impact in the Great Lakes.