- Slash three years off the current Army Corps of Engineers' study, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2012;
- Direct the President (or his designee) to oversee the study and ensure it is completed on time;
- Require the Army Corps to use information found in independent studies of the problem rather than duplicating such efforts, thereby speeding up the process;
- Force the Army Corps to use the Congressionally-mandated standard of "preventing" the spread of invasive species instead of their unilateral decision to instead look for ways to merely "reduce the risk" of such a spread.
Schuette recently announced the results of his efforts to build a coalition beyond the Great Lakes, which resulted in 16 states joining with Michigan so far: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In July 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers released a list of 40 aquatic invasive species with the highest risk of traveling through the waterway in either direction. Of those species, 30 pose a high-risk to the Mississippi River Basin and ten, including Asian carp, pose a high-risk to the Great Lakes Basin. Current invasive species control efforts in the Chicago waterway, like electrical barriers, are temporary and experimental and do not address the threat of all 40 species, especially those that may travel downstream.
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