Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced they’ve sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy urging quick action to implement near-term prevention measures while simultaneously working towards the development of effective long-term measures to prevent aquatic nuisance species, such as Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes.

“The January 2014 Great Lakes and Mississippi River Inter-basin Study (GLMRIS) outlined both short and long-term options for preventing inter-basin transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and we want to ensure that you are advancing the options that look most promising and implementing measures that are already available,” said the Senators in the letter.

In addition to urging action to stop invasive species, the Senators also posed a number of questions concerning the process of moving forward with different options to protect the Great Lakes. Those inquiries, along with the full text of the letter, can be found here.