The Asian carp are coming!

In yesterday’s post (January 3, 2010), my tongue-in-cheek list of New Year’s resolutions included a solid commitment to angle for Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The tongue-out-of-cheek fact is that there are–most likely–very few Asian carp in the Great Lakes–for now. That’s a good thing. If they manage to enter Lake Michigan in large numbers, they could devastate the Great Lakes’s ecosystem and destroy the region’s fishing industry.

I believe that this is a dramatization.

A highly prolific family of species with insatiable appetites and vacuum-cleaner-like eating systems, the giant carp were imported to the South in the 1970’s to clean up out-of-control pond algae, and have become a nightmarish infestation themselves. Somehow—some say because of the huge floods a couple of decades ago—they were able to enter the Mississippi River system, which they’ve found very hospitable indeed. So much so that they have completely dominated large stretches of the Mississippi and its tributaries by propagating like flies and hoovering up all of the available food, starving out natives species.

They’ve made their way north at a fifty-mile per year pace and now are very, very close to Lake Michigan.

I’ll let Great Lakes advocate and legal expert Noah Hall supply the details about why this is happening (Surprise–the EPA screwed up!)  and the legal moves being taken to block the gargantuan gobblers’ ingress to Lake Michigan. Also a good Scientific American article here and one from the NY Times here. Below is Part 1 of a two-part YouTube video about the situation.

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Hello water lovers,

The team is out of the office until Thursday, July 24. We’ve split for our annual team-building getaway up the California coast, where we will not talk, write, or even think about water for the entire time. (Actually, we’ll continue to drink it, and due to popular demand, shower with it.) We’ll be convening at a beautiful remote retreat center, miles from any internet access–totally and blissfully offline. (Click on the image to see why John C. Dvorak may need a getaway.)

If you have an urgent need to dog-paddle in fresh water-related content, please contact one of the following reliable sources for intriguing, compelling, and, if you’re anything like the gloomy Gusses over here at, depressing reading. (If you’re blessed with a sunny disposition and just here for a good time, read Wacky Water, an article from the New Scientist, and find out why water has to be weird.)

Thanks for your continued interest.

The editorial team

From Great Lakes Law, the blog maintained by Great Lakes legal expert, Professor Noah Hall

Big bottled water fights in small towns across America

Learn why you may not be able to play keepers with captured rainwater in this tacky tale of wacky water bureaucrats gone wild. It was written by Daniel Fitzgerald for the Denver Post, and posted by the Web water guru, Michael Campana, who is, in his words, “. . .an inveterate, unrepentant, water wonk. . .” and, by the way, “. . .President-for-Life and Supreme High Armed Forces Commander of the Republic of Campanastan.”

Can You Own The Rain?

Thinking about relocating to the Sunshine State? Read this Time Magazine article before you start packing. Posted at WaterCrunch, accessible and always on tap.

Is Florida the Sunset State?