Resolution

Resolution to Separate the Great Lakes Basin from the Mississippi River Basin

Whereas, the Great Lakes are a critical source of freshwater for our nation; and

Whereas, 40 million citizens depend upon the Great Lakes and Mississippi River for drinking water, recreation and economic stability which are threatened by the lack of a physical barrier preventing the transfer of aquatic invasive species; and

Whereas, the United States Army Corps of Engineers identified 39 species that are at high risk for dispersal between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins; and

Whereas, the Chicago Area Waterway System is acting as a highway for nuisance species to pass between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins; and

Whereas, studies show that the current electric barriers along the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal may not prevent fish from crossing watersheds, and do little to prevent the transfer of other harmful aquatic invasive species; and

Whereas, the electric barriers cost taxpayers $20,000 dollars a day and require continuous operation and maintenance; and

Whereas, the potential introduction of the invasive Asian Carp could result in the loss of a 7-billion dollar sport fishing industry; and

Whereas, separation of the basins will not only benefit the ecological health of the two watersheds but would lead to opportunities for improvements in water quality, stormwater management and transportation within the Chicago Area Waterway System; and

Whereas, hydrological separation of the two basins is the only permanent solution that addresses the problem of all harmful aquatic invasive species; and

Now, therefore, let it be resolved by Healthy Water Solutions that together we will prevent the introduction of invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins by supporting the creation of a physical barrier within the Chicago Area Waterway System ensuring the economic and ecological vitality of this region.