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Eco-Separation of the Chicago Area Waterway System to Prevent Invasion of Asian Carp

Great Lakes Commission

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $75,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2012–March 31, 2014
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

About this grant

The Chicago area waterway system offers the most direct highway for Asian Carp and other aquatic invasive species to swim into the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River system. Severing this connection remains one of the highest priorities for protecting the Great Lakes’ ecosystem. With previous Mott support, the Great Lakes Commission worked with regional decisionmakers and stakeholders on a report that analyzed the best options for constructing a barrier between the two watersheds. Governed by delegations from each of the Great Lakes states and provinces, the grantee was established in 1955 to protect and conserve the water resources of the Great Lakes Basin. With this grant, the grantee will disseminate, and build upon, the findings of its report and work with a range of partners to inform and expedite a permanent Asian Carp solution for the Chicago area waterway system.