Chicago, IL (June 30, 2023) – This week the Michigan legislature approved $64 million in the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2024 to help fund construction of the Brandon Road project designed to keep invasive carp from reaching the Great Lakes. When combined with the $50 million approved by Illinois, these funds cover the $114 million required for the local cost share. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also has $226 million available, which is enough federal funding to complete preconstruction, engineering and design and pay the federal share for the first year of construction. However, the state of Illinois still needs to sign a Project Partnership Agreement with the Corps to unlock these federal funds and keep the project moving.
Established populations of invasive carp are only 50 miles from Chicago and Lake Michigan, and earlier this month a bighead carp weighing 109 pounds was caught during the Upper Illinois Waterway’s Invasive Carp control program near Morris, Ill. That was after a 90-pound fish was caught just a day before.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes COO and Vice President for Programs Molly Flanagan said:
“Invasive carp pose a serious threat to the ecological health of the Great Lakes and the people and economies these waters support, including the region’s $7 billion fishing and $16 billion recreational boating industries.
We are pleased that Michigan and Illinois have joined together to fund the local share of the Brandon Road project designed to keep Invasive carp from reaching the Great Lakes. All the local funding is now in place to pay for the construction of the project. We urge the state of Illinois to sign the Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as soon as possible so that this critical work can continue uninterrupted.”
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