Asian Carp Invasion: Potential Economic and Ecological Impacts in the Great Lakes

April 6, 2010

Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States


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Prof. David Lodge, University of Notre Dame

Duane Chapman, United States Geological Survey

Josh Ellis, Metropolitan Planning Council

David Ullrich, Executive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Bill Bolen, US Environmental Protection Agency

The spread of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes continues to cause great controversy. Electric barriers and poisons have been used to halt their spread, but the species still seem to be advancing up the Illinois River, through Chicago waterways, and into Lake Michigan. Some biologists and environmentalists maintain that Asian carp would cause an ecological disaster in the Great Lakes, and a case is pending in the Supreme Court to force the closure of Chicago area navigation locks to slow their spread. Despite these claims and court actions, there remains significant uncertainty about how severely Asian carp would impact the Great Lakes, and how effectively different management strategies would slow their spread.

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Sponsors: The University of Chicago Program on Global Environment and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology

The Program on the Global Environment at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, is hosting an event to explore the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes. Experts in biology, economics and policy will present the most up to date information about how these species threaten the ecology of the Great Lakes , how closing Chicago waterways would affect the regional economy, and the broader implications for the Great Lakes region and environmental management.

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