In December 2009, DNA testing found evidence that Asian carp were within a few miles of Lake Michigan, yet the locks which provide the carp with a direct path into Lake Michigan remain open. As a result, the State of Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were sued to force the immediate closure of these locks. Almost immediately, other Great Lakes states supported the court action, including New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Minnesota. The Province of Ontario joined the suit as well. However, the Obama administration and the State of Illinois are opposing the suit and refuse to close the locks.
You can help convince federal and local authorities to close the locks and protect the jobs and ecology that depend on the health of the Great Lakes by signing an e-petition. The petition will be presented to President Obama and hope that he changes his position.