News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Ohio starts projects to protect Lake Erie from Asian Carp
Efforts focus on the Portage Lakes, Grand Lake St. Marys and Little Killbuck Creek
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
Ohio is starting projects to keep Asian Carp out of Lake Erie.
Courtesy of Pat Falkman
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Several groups and states surrounding the Great Lakes are working to protect the bodies of water from Asian carp. Ohio is among those working to protect Lake Erie from this invasive species.

LISTEN: Chow on Ohio's battle against carp

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:25)


Asian carp are an ecological threat moving closer to Lake Erie. They eat a lot, they rapidly reproduce and they cause all sorts of problems for the native species.

Right now, the bighead and silver species of the carp, are in rivers, working their way north.

The Great Lakes Commission is primarily oncerned with the Chicago-area water system, identifying that as a high-risk pathway. But Ohio officials are working to defend three other passages that pose a risk in the Buckeye State: the Portage Lakes and Little Killbuck Creek in northeast Ohio and Grand Lake St. Marys in northwest Ohio.

“Those are of concern because they represent areas connections between the Ohio River, where Asian carp are starting to move into, and Lake Erie," says Rich Carter, executive administrator for fish management and research for Ohio. "So we do not want bighead and silver carp to be able to breach those gaps and move into Lake Erie.”

Invaders disrupt industry and tourism
Carter says protecting Lake Erie is important, especially for Ohio anglers.

“These fish again are food chain disruptors and they have the ability to out compete our native fish, our walleye, our yellow perch and our small-mouthed bass," Carter says. "Basically, [the carp] out-compete with the young of those fish. So they could diminish the populations of those fish.”

At Little Killbuck Creek, the state is working with local soil and water conservation groups and the federal government to close the connection between the Ohio River and Lake Erie.

As for Portage Lakes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is performing an engineering evaluation. The same type of evaluation is in the preliminary stages at Grand Lake St. Marys. The studies will determine the best course of action to disconnect the waterways.

The Great Lakes Commission says proposing to close the Chicago-area water system has created some controversy. However, Carter says defending the gateways in Ohio has not led to any pushback, yet.

Listener Comments:

Kind of surprised that this report didn't mention THE major Ohio gateway for algae - the Maumee River, which starts in Fort Wayne, IN, but runs through NW Ohio and dumps into the western basin of Lake Erie, the most fertile and productive fish habitats of the entire Great Lakes region. A carp fence there supposedly will keep adult carp out of the lakes, but won't serve to prevent fertilized eggs or spawn out of Erie, should they manage to reproduce in the fast-flowing Maumee.


Posted by: Karen Schaefer (Oberlin) on August 7, 2013 4:08AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
Best test to use for elementary schools is the old pre common core Iowa test of basic skills. This test measures apples to apples and tests the skills appropri...

Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
Mr Chow, Nice piece on testing. Should not Ohio go to an open bid process for the new assessment contract? Ohio has stayed with a "connected" DC non-profit fo...

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Nearly a dozen Cuyahoga gay couples get licenses to marry after the Supreme Court ruling
Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo a graduate of Chanel High School and supposed member of St. Francis Parish in Gates Mills has just excommunicated himself. As ...

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University