Federal Issue Brief

 H.R. 892/S. 471, Stop Asian Carp Act

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AVMA Position:

Support 

Summary:

Introduced by Congressman Dave Camp (MI-4th) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), H.R. 892/S. 471 would require the Secretary of the Army to study the feasibility of the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins. The study must be completed within 18 months of enactment. 

Background:

  • Asian Carp are an invasive species that have detrimentally altered the ecosystems of the waterways they have populated.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers has already begun the study directed in the legislation, but have said the study will not be completed until 2015.

Justification:

  • While the integrity of the research is important, and will hopefully not be affected by a shortened timeline, it is probable that if the study is not completed in a more timely manner, it will be too late to stop the Asian carp from populating the Great Lakes.

Current Status:

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and in addition the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power and Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
 

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

AVMA Contact: 

Dr. Whitney Miller, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations Division, 202-289-3211.