Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species undermine the ecological and economic vibrancy of the Great Lakes and other inland waters across the region. They are a persistent and unique problem across the country costing the U.S billions of dollars annually. Ship-borne invasive species cost the Great Lakes Region alone at least $200 million dollars every year. Specifically, invasive carp are a serious threats to the health of our Great Lakes and inland waters. The GLCC works to help prevent the spread of invasive species throughout the Great Lakes region and across the country. We are strongly supportive of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project that is aimed to help keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. In addition, we are working to secure additional federal investments to help stop the further spread of invasive carp in waters where they currently are impacting native fish and local economies.


  • Fund the pre-construction engineering and design (PED) for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam plan to help keep invasive carp and other aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes;
  • Adjust the non-federal cost share requirement for the construction of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project at full federal expense;
  • Fund solutions to remove invasive carp from the Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee River Basins, which in turn helps reduce pressure on our Great Lakes; and
  • Work to strengthen the next Environmental Protection Agency ballast water standard.

Invasive Species Resources

Invasive carp are a national problem requiring a national solution. Against the Current explores the impact invasive carp are having on Southern and Midwestern waters and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes and their connected waters by sharing business, tourism, tribal, fishing, outdoor recreation, scientific, and conservation perspectives from northern Michigan to Tennessee. Learn how invasive carp are harming our waters, how they threaten our values, what has been done, and what still needs to be done to stop invasive carp. Against the Current is presented by the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center with support from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Rep Your Water, and Favorite Fishing. Produced by Jordan Browne.

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