IJC Cheers Groundbreaking for Asian
Praises U.S. Army Corps for "Keeping its Promise"
CNW Telbec, Press Release
Published July 13th, 2004
CHICAGO, July 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Joint
Commission (IJC) today thanked and commended the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers for beginning construction of
the permanent Asian carp barrier on the Chicago Ship and
Sanitary Canal. The barrier replaces a temporary version
that is failing and is designed to block the Asian carp
from advancing into the Great Lakes and possibly devastating
a $4.5 billion fishery. The Commission also praised the
state of Illinois and all of the partners on the barrier
project for their commitment to protecting the Great Lakes.
"The Army Corps promised to build the barrier and
they are keeping that
promise," said Dennis Schornack, chair of the United
States section of the IJC. "What remains now is for
other beneficiaries to step up to the plate and show their
commitment to keeping the carp out of the Great Lakes."
"We commend all the elected leaders, especially U.S.
Representative Judy Biggert, for their bipartisan efforts
to fund construction of this barrier," said the Rt.
Hon. Herb Gray, chair of the Canadian section of the IJC.
Recently, the Commission wrote to the Council of Great
Lakes Governors urging Chairman Robert Taft (governor
of Ohio) and his colleagues to match the $1.7 million
the state of Illinois has already committed to the project.
The additional resources are needed to make up a shortfall
in funding needed from nonfederal partners.
The International Joint Commission was established by
the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United
States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the
use of the waters they share. Under the Great Lakes Water
Quality Agreement, the IJC also advises the governments
of the two countries on measures needed to restore and
maintain the integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes
For further information: Frank Bevacqua, in Washington,
(202) 736-9024; Nick Heisler, in Ottawa, Canada, (613)