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Asian carp would exacerbate tourism woes

6:45 PM, Apr. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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Tourism is a major part of the Door County economy. A winter with no snow means no snowmobilers and no families sledding or cross-country skiing.

Summers with low water levels means boats will have trouble entering lakes and fishermen will need to go deeper into the lakes to find fish. Low water levels and Asian carp could be detrimental to Door County.

My family has had property in Baileys Harbor for almost 30 years and in the last dozen years we have watched water levels drop off and the possibility of Asian carp do not make the situation any brighter. If they reach Wisconsin waters, Asian carp would cut other fish out of the ecosystem not to mention make it unsafe for swimmers and boaters to enjoy the Great Lakes.

In Chicago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put up electric barriers that have done little to keep Asian carp from moving closer to Lake Michigan. The federal government should support the idea to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River by way of Chicago as proposed last February. Asian carp are a real threat making it necessary for such a step to be taken.

Brady Loomis

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