Asian carp http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, May 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-may-22-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>First on Stateside, we take a look at the "Grand Bargain" in Detroit. The state has taken a big step closer to putting money down to help Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p>JPMorgan Chase is investing $100 million in Detroit's future, but what does that mean for the city, and what are JPMorgan's motives?</p><p>Only 28% of you said that Michigan is the best possible state to live in, according to a Gallup Poll. So Michigan kicked off the Why I Stay project, to find out exactly why you are still in Michigan. Michigan Radio's Mark Brush joined us.</p><p>Then, a meteor shower is headed our way Friday night, so it's time to dust off those binoculars and look to the sky.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan's expansion on Medicaid – Healthy Michigan – is on track for enrollee sign-up.&nbsp;</p><p>Last, we learn about a fish that has a notoriously bad reputation: the Asian carp.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full episode above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:31:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 17723 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, May 22, 2014 Could there be an up side to Asian carp? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-there-be-side-asian-carp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you hear the words "Asian carp," chances are that nothing good will come to mind.</span></p><p>We know they're big, ugly, lightning-fast, voracious eaters, and a highly invasive species.&nbsp;</p><p>And there are great fears as to what could happen if they decide to make the Great Lakes home.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duane Chapman is a research fish biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. He leads their Asian carp research. Chapman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is among scientists who say there has been an up side to all the studies they've been doing since the Asian carp came onto our radar screens.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He joined today us on Stateside.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 17721 at http://michiganradio.org Could there be an up side to Asian carp? Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/senators-want-faster-action-stopping-asian-carp <div><p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;A group of U.S. senators wants the federal government to move faster on preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through waterways in the Chicago area.</p><p>Eleven senators from states in the region sent a letter Tuesday to the assistant secretary of the Army, whose office oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter asks a series of questions about when the Corps might begin tasks such as adding barriers at the southernmost lock in the Chicago Area Waterway System.</p><p>It also asks what authorization the Corps needs from Congress to move more quickly toward short- and long-term solutions.</p><p>The Corps issued a report in January with options for blocking the invasive carp's path to Lake Michigan, but says Congress and regional stakeholders must choose the final plan.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:16:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16902 at http://michiganradio.org Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp Congresswoman Miller has a radical solution to the Asian carp problem http://michiganradio.org/post/congresswoman-miller-has-radical-solution-asian-carp-problem <p></p><p>Congresswoman Candice Miller understands the importance of the Great Lakes. She grew up on the water in Harrison Township. She is a proudly conservative Republican, not crazy about government spending.</p><p>But she knows that if the Asian carp get into the Great Lakes, the waterways may be largely destroyed. Destroyed, that is, as a center of recreational and commercial fishing and boating, activities worth billions every year.</p><p>Two species of Asian carp, silver and bighead, have been working their way up the Mississippi River ever since escaping from catfish farms in Arkansas in the 1980s. They suck up vast quantities of food, starving out native species of fish. Silver carp, which can weigh 60 pounds, also have a nasty habit of jumping, injuring people and damaging boats.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:29:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16506 at http://michiganradio.org Congresswoman Miller has a radical solution to the Asian carp problem Experts say it's time to plan for the worst when it comes to Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/experts-say-its-time-plan-worst-when-it-comes-asian-carp <p>State lawmakers say they’re concerned about the time and expense of plans to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. And some experts say it’s time to plan for the worst.</p><p>State invasive species experts say Michigan does not have the luxury of waiting for a final plan to ensure Asian carp don’t infest the Great Lakes and upset the food chain.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:42:21 +0000 Rick Pluta 16503 at http://michiganradio.org Experts say it's time to plan for the worst when it comes to Asian carp The solution to the Asian carp problem? 'Dam it,' say many at public hearing in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/solution-asian-carp-problem-dam-it-say-many-public-hearing-ann-arbor <p>About a hundred people showed up at a public hearing Tuesday night in Ann Arbor to discuss ways to keep Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One by one, people took to the microphone to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the only way to stop the Asian carp is to close the man-made waterways connecting the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River basin.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Asian carp have devastated native fish populations in parts of the Mississippi River basin since first being introduced in the southern United States. Some species of Asian carp were brought in to help keep retention ponds clean in aquaculture and wastewater treatment facilities.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:00:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 16126 at http://michiganradio.org The solution to the Asian carp problem? 'Dam it,' say many at public hearing in Ann Arbor First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/first-meeting-us-army-corps-plans-asian-carp-tonight-ann-arbor <p>This week federal officials will talk about the options for preventing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/asian-carp">Asian carp </a>from reaching Lake Michigan.</p><p>People and organizations will get a chance to have their say about which option they support. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host meetings in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night and in Traverse City on Thursday.</p><p>The meetings are <a href="http://glmris.anl.gov/events/">two of six scheduled this month</a>, from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. Officials will also take written comments through early March.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16103 at http://michiganradio.org First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor Canadian trucking company slammed with $75,000 Asian carp fine http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-trucking-company-slammed-75000-asian-carp-fine <p>A Canadian court has <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/01/16/75k-in-fines-levied-for-importing-live-asian-carp/">slammed a trucking company and one of its drivers</a> with a combined $75,000 fine for trying to haul live Asian carp across the U.S.-Canadian border.</p><p>Driver Yong-Sheng Zhang is with the Edmonton, Alberta-based Alltheway&nbsp;Trucking Inc.</p><p>Twice in early 2012, Zhang crossed the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, with a truckload of fish from Arkansas. The fish were packed in ice, and included two species of Asian carp.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:01:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16093 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian trucking company slammed with $75,000 Asian carp fine Decide what to do about Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/decide-what-do-about-asian-carp <p></p><p>Destroying things is easier than building them. It takes months to build a house, but you can destroy one in an afternoon. What’s baffling is that we always seem more willing to destroy than to build.</p><p>It is far easier to get lawmakers to approve money for war than to build things. For example, we spent at least $2 trillion on our 10-year war in Iraq. It would be interesting to try and explain what we got for it, other than about 200,000 dead people.</p><p>Congress easily approved that money.&nbsp;But imagine trying to get our elected representatives to approve anything like that sum to rebuild our nation’s roads and bridges and major cities. No one would even dare try.</p><p>I am mentioning all this because of a report released this week – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on the options for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. If you don’t remember, we are talking about two species of fish, bighead carp and silver carp that escaped into the Mississippi River more than 20 years ago.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:25:22 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15968 at http://michiganradio.org Decide what to do about Asian carp Will plans to stop Asian carp invasion take too long? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-plans-stop-asian-carp-invasion-take-too-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a </span><a href="http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/3691/Article/20872/corps-submits-report-to-congress-with-alternatives-to-prevent-asian-carp-and-ot.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about what might be done to keep those invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It took seven years and that was a rush job after some members of Congress accused the Corps of dragging its feet.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:27:24 +0000 Lester Graham 15950 at http://michiganradio.org Will plans to stop Asian carp invasion take too long? Lessenberry talks Asian carp, the polar vortex and new Detroit leadership http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-asian-carp-polar-vortex-and-new-detroit-leadership <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about a plan to keep <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-carp-out-great-lakes-could-take-years-and-cost-billions">Asian carp out of the Great Lakes</a>, the polar vortex and what the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-has-new-president">new leadership</a> on Detroit City Council will mean for the city.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:33:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15931 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks Asian carp, the polar vortex and new Detroit leadership In this morning's headlines: - 40 wind chill, Asian carp, Lansing utility to discuss ice storm http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-40-wind-chill-asian-carp-lansing-utility-discuss-ice-storm <p><strong>It's going to be another cold one</strong></p><p>Wind chills could reach 26 below zero in West Michigan, 32 below in mid Michigan, and 40 below in Southeast Michigan today. Gov. Rick Snyder is asking people to stay home during the cold snap.</p><p><strong>New report offers plans to fight Asian carp</strong><br /><br />"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a report years in the making that offers eight plans for preventing Asian carp and other species from migrating between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi basin. Some options involve placing physical barriers in the waterways to separate the watersheds. Other potential steps include use of locks, electric barriers and water treatment to remove invasive species," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lansing utility scheduled to meet about ice storm that left thousands without power for days</strong></p><p>The Lansing Board of Water and Light is scheduled to meet tonight regarding the ice storm that left 40% of its customers without power for <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-public-utility-says-it-has-restored-power-entire-service-area-few-exceptions">more than a week</a>. The utility's general manager, &nbsp;J. Peter Lark, &nbsp;has<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/head-lansing-public-utility-says-hes-sorry-he-wont-resign"> apologized</a> for going to New York City on vacation when the power went out.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:18:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15911 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: - 40 wind chill, Asian carp, Lansing utility to discuss ice storm DNR develops video to help spot young Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-develops-video-help-spot-young-asian-carp <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has developed a video to help anglers identify young Asian carp and prevent them from getting into the Great Lakes.<br /><br />Asian carp are large, voracious fish that have been migrating toward the lakes from Southern rivers. The two most feared varieties are bighead and silver carp.<br /><br />Officials fear that juvenile Asian carp will find their way into the bait supply if anglers confuse them with common baitfish such as gizzard shad and emerald shiners.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15474 at http://michiganradio.org DNR develops video to help spot young Asian carp Tracking Asian carp by what they leave behind http://michiganradio.org/post/tracking-asian-carp-what-they-leave-behind <p>There’s a lot of time, money and effort being spent to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To keep them out, we first have to know where the carp are.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biologists often go out and sample water from rivers and lakes to look for carp. They test the water for genetic material, and some of those tests have turned up positive for Asian carp.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-find-20-new-positive-edna-hits-asian-carp-lake-erie" style="line-height: 1.5;">20 samples turned up positive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hits in Lake Erie. The positive DNA hits raise alarm bells that an invasive carp species might be establishing a population in the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the presence of carp DNA does not mean an actual fish was swimming in that area.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:27:25 +0000 Rebecca Williams & Mark Brush 14986 at http://michiganradio.org Tracking Asian carp by what they leave behind To prepare for invasive Asian carp, DNR tests its carp-catching skills http://michiganradio.org/post/prepare-invasive-asian-carp-dnr-tests-its-carp-catching-skills <p>This week, the Department of Natural Resources went through a big training drill that’s a first of its kind in Michigan. The drill is supposed to prepare the agency for what to do if the Asian carp makes its way into Michigan’s rivers.</p><p>A dozen boats stamped with the DNR logo line the shores of the St. Joseph River. Some of them are normal fishing boats.</p><p>But a few have these metal poles sticking out about three feet in front of the boat. At the end of each pole are these long pieces of metal cable that hang down in the water.</p><p>The DNR’s Todd Somers is the foreman of one of these homemade boats. He points out a 240-volt generator near the back of the boat. It can deliver up to 16 amps through the metal poles at the front of the boat; sending electric shocks through the cables into the river. That’ll stun any fish nearby.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:24:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith & Rebecca Williams 14390 at http://michiganradio.org To prepare for invasive Asian carp, DNR tests its carp-catching skills Obama administration releases strategies for keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-administration-releases-strategies-keeping-asian-carp-out-great-lakes <p>The Obama administration released the <a href="http://asiancarp.us/news/2013framework.htm">“2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework”</a> this past Wednesday. It outlines a $50 million strategic plan to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.</p><p>We’ve reported on <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/asian-carp">Asian Carp</a> many times before. They’re an invasive species that was imported to the U.S. in the 1970s. While they were originally used in research ponds and fish farms, they escaped and have been making their way up the Mississippi River system ever since.</p><p>The fish could pose a real threat if they reach the Great Lakes. The carp could be a huge disruption to the natural ecosystem of the Great Lakes, potentially harming other fish species like walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:21:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13711 at http://michiganradio.org Obama administration releases strategies for keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes Local government leaders begin 3 day meeting on Great Lakes issues http://michiganradio.org/post/local-government-leaders-begin-3-day-meeting-great-lakes-issues <p>A three day conference is getting underway in Marquette today, looking at the unique needs of cities on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.</p><p></p><p>More than a hundred American and Canadian cities are part of the group organizing the conference.</p><p></p><p>Dave Ulrich is the executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.</p><p></p><p>He says this year’s conference is focusing on the effects of climate change on Great Lakes cities, particularly on water levels on the lakes.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:53:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 13127 at http://michiganradio.org Local government leaders begin 3 day meeting on Great Lakes issues Study shows Asian carp eggs could survive in tougher conditions than previously thought http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-asian-carp-eggs-could-survive-tougher-conditions-previously-thought <p>Wildlife managers could have a harder time controlling spawning Asian carp, if they escape into the Lake Michigan from Chicago-area shipping canals. That's according to a <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5106/pdf/sir2013-5106_web.pdf">report released by the U.S. Geological Survey.</a></p><p>Elizabeth Murphy is a hydrologist with the USGS. She co-authored the study.</p><p>Murphy says new data shows fertilized Asian carp eggs can incubate in waterways that are only 16 miles long. That’s a lot less than the 62 miles scientists thought the drifting eggs needed.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:54:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13121 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows Asian carp eggs could survive in tougher conditions than previously thought Stateside for Monday, June 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-3rd-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Lansing are quickly wrapping up the state budget for the next fiscal year. What will the $50 billion spending plan mean for you?</span></p><p>And, we took a look at the efforts to help prison inmates rebuild their lives through post-secondary education.</p><p>Also, we got an update on just how close the Asian Carp is to the Great Lakes.</p><p>First on the show, the Council of Great Lakes Governors met this past weekend on Mackinac Island.</p><p>The group talked of economic cooperation, and harmonizing plans for protecting the largest body of freshwater on the Earth’s surface. The discussions were mostly nice, but there were some disagreements, especially when it came to dealing with invasive species.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta joined us today to explain.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:58:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 12855 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 3rd, 2013 Governors meet to discuss threat of Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/governors-meet-discuss-threat-asian-carp <p>The Council of Great Lakes Governors met this past weekend on Mackinac Island.</p><p>The group talked of economic cooperation, and harmonizing plans for protecting the largest body of freshwater on the Earth’s surface. The discussions were mostly nice, but there were some disagreements, especially when it came to dealing with invasive species like Asian carp.</p><p>Rick Pluta filed a story on their meeting, and we also got an update on where things stand with Asian carp.&nbsp;</p><p>We spoke with Duane Chapman, a research fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Chapman said that there have been three Bighead carp that have been caught in the Great Lakes, but not since 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the whole story to find out where the most recent DNA has been found in the Lakes, and how it got there.</p><p><em>To hear the story, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:51:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 12857 at http://michiganradio.org Governors meet to discuss threat of Asian carp