camp http://michiganradio.org en Has summer become too organized for kids? http://michiganradio.org/post/has-summer-become-too-organized-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a new traffic jam each morning at the end of my street. It began the week after school let out. It starts around 8:30 each morning: the stream of mini-vans and SUV's waiting to turn into the parking lot of a church to drop the kids off at summer day camp.</span></p><p>It's a scene being repeated all over Michigan. Kids being taken to one organized activity or another, from computer camp to theater camp to summer club swim meets, you get the idea.</p><p>Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon has a question: what ever happened to good old fashioned playing?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:34:23 +0000 Cynthia Canty 13169 at http://michiganradio.org Has summer become too organized for kids? Michigan lawmakers to introduce Asian carp legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-introduce-asian-carp-legislation <p><strong>Update 2:50 p.m.: </strong></p><p>Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region say it&rsquo;s taking too long to come up with an <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=265">action plan</a> to stop the spread of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_carp">Asian Carp</a>.&nbsp;They are now calling for work on that plan to speed up.&nbsp;</p><p>Asian Carp have spent the past few decades slowly spreading throughout the Mississippi River watershed.&nbsp;&nbsp; The invasive carp have destroyed indigenous fish populations from Missouri to Illinois.&nbsp;&nbsp; One was caught last year just a few miles downstream from Lake Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>The US Army Corps of Engineers wants to spend the next five years developing a plan to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes.&nbsp;&nbsp; Not fast enough for Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We have to have a sense of urgency about it.&nbsp; The Army Corps is studying this issue now, but it&rsquo;s going to take them several years&hellip;we don&rsquo;t have several years.&nbsp; We need to get this done as quickly as possible.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Recently, Illinois politicians have fought efforts to close canals linking Lake Michigan to carp infested waters near Chicago.&nbsp;&nbsp; But <a href="http://durbin.senate.gov/issues/pri_env.cfm#invasive">Illinois Senator Dick Durbin</a> supports expediting a carp action plan, making its passage more probable.&nbsp;&nbsp; Though Durbin&rsquo;s involvement also hints closing canals will not be part of the plan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp; says she doesn&rsquo;t know how much it will cost to &lsquo;separate&rsquo; the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But she says Asian Carp could cost the economy of the Great Lakes billions of dollars if they are not stopped.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>11:01 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Michigan Senator <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a> and Michigan Republican Congressman<a href="http://camp.house.gov/"> Dave Camp</a> plan to introduce legislation to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways, the Associated Press reports. Stabenow and Camp will hold a news conference today to discuss their plans. The AP <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/APc6cb6027790c4c93b924b6cfc426fb98.html">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Stabenow and Camp previously sponsored bills that would have forced closure of shipping locks near Chicago that could provide access to Lake Michigan for the invasive carp. Those measures failed.</p><p>The House recently rejected Camp&#39;s effort to attach a lock closure amendment to a federal spending bill.</p><p>Michigan and four other states are suing in federal court to close the locks. Chicago business interests say doing so would damage their local economy and probably wouldn&#39;t do much to stop the carp anyway. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 19:50:01 +0000 Zoe Clark & Steve Carmody 1490 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers to introduce Asian carp legislation