The Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee has announced the release of its 2023 Invasive Carp Action Plan, a comprehensive portfolio of more than 50 projects focused on Great Lakes protection. The action plan serves as a foundation for the work of the Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee partnership, a collaboration of 26 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, provincial, tribal, regional, and local agencies.
The 2023 Invasive Carp Action Plan supports key initiatives including:
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-led Brandon Road Lock and Dam Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project in Will County, Illinois which incorporates structural and non-structural control measures to prevent invasive carp from moving upstream into the Great Lakes
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources efforts to upgrade sections of the earthen berm at Little Killbuck Creek in northern Ohio, a location identified as a hydrologic connection between the Mississippi River and the Lake Erie watersheds during high-water events
- Continued operation of the electric dispersal barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System
- Large-scale field testing and development of new technologies to block invasive carp migration
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources efforts to increase focused commercial fishing to remove adult invasive carp in the upper Illinois River
- Continued efforts led by Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources to remove grass carp in Lake Erie
- Continued support for state-led efforts in basin-wide early detection monitoring and contingency response actions
The 2023 Invasive Carp Action Plan is funded through the GLRI and annual agency appropriations.
For more information on the Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee and to access the 2023 Invasive Carp Action Plan, please visit invasivecarp.us.