"Last week, we learned, and EPA confirmed, that Asian Carp have been discovered in an area of the Wabash River in Indiana that is about 20 miles from a potential connection point with the Great Lakes basin. During times of flooding in an area near Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Wabash River could connect via tributaries and drainage ditches with the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie. This is of great concern to us.
"In light of this discovery, as you draft the fiscal year 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, we ask that you include language similar to Section 126 of the fiscal year 2010 bill. The needed language would authorize the Army Corps to implement emergency measures to prevent the Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes via any hydrologic connections that could occur during times of flooding, including via connections between the Wabash River and the Maumee River located in Indiana."
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