(Chicago, IL) January 7, 2020 – Earlier today, Illinois and Michigan signed an agreement to advance an invasive Asian carp prevention project at Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. In reaction, Alliance for the Great Lakes Chief Operating Officer Molly Flanagan issued the following statement:

“The Alliance applauds Governor Pritzker for his support for the Brandon Road project and signature on the agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers. With the stroke of a pen, the Governor has brought us one step closer to installing protections that will help keep dangerous Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

We also extend thanks to Michigan Governor Whitmer for her leadership in the fight to protect the Great Lakes. The intergovernmental agreement signed by Michigan and Illinois will not only close the non-federal funding gap and allow the Brandon Road project to move forward to the next stage, it is a model of partnership that we hope to see more of in the future as we work toward a common goal of securing the health and longevity of our states’ greatest natural resource.”

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For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Caddick at jcaddick@greatlakes.org