Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, July 30, 2011
An aggressive invasive species known as the Asian Carp has been threatening to enter the Great Lakes for some time now. They have worked their way up the Mississippi River system to the canals around Chicago that connect to Lake Michigan. Suggestions have been made to close these canals to prevent the Asian Carp from getting in and wreaking havoc with the commercial and sports fisheries of the Great Lakes. For now, electrified barriers are supposedly keeping them in check.
But every few months it seems that there is more DNA evidence that the Asian Carp are making it through. And every few months the various agencies and organizations that are involved seem to settle back to a position of “more study.” Which leads us to the cartoon….