Portman Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes Invasive Species Report

January 6, 2014 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ release of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS):

“Lake Erie is key to Ohio's economy with 100,000 jobs tied to fishing and other recreation. Unfortunately, increasing pressure from invasive species continues to threaten this treasure to our region,” said Portman. “I wish the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ report would have identified the best option for preventing the spread of invasive species to the Great Lakes. I am pleased, however, that the Corps examined all potential aquatic pathways between the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes Basin. I urge them to continue to work with Congress and regional stakeholders and begin taking real, in-the-field action to protect Lake Erie and the entire Great Lakes ecosystem.”

Today’s report follows Portman’s continued effort to address the threat of invasive species that could have devastating effects on the Great Lakes region’s economy and environment. In 2012, the Stop Invasive Species Act, written by Portman and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), was signed into law by President Obama. The law required the Corps to present Congress, by January 2014, with a report (known as the GLMRIS report) on possible strategies to permanently prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

In November, Portman joined a bipartisan group of all 16 Great Lake Senators in calling on the Corps to identify remaining steps in the study as the deadline approached.