More Wasteful Spending: Feds Spend $50 Million On Carp Fight

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The Obama administration will spend about $50 million this year on protecting the Great Lakes from greedy Asian carp, including first-time testing to see if the fish have reached Lakes Michigan and Erie.

Federal officials tell The Associated Press the government has updated its strategy for battling bighead and silver carp that have infested the Mississippi River watershed and are closing in on the Great Lakes.

Scientists say if the carp take hold in the lakes, they could threaten the $7 billion fishing industry by gobbling up plankton at the base of the food web.

Read more at Official Wire. By John Flesher, AP.

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Comments

  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    You've got this one wrong. This is NOT wasteful spending. This is a SERIOUS problem for those in the fishing industry. Not only that, but sport fishing has taken a drastic hit also. It also HAS reached Lake Michigan!
    They have tried many things over many years to correct this stupid mistake of the Asian carp. They have spent billions over the years. The change in the water quality of these lakes is depressing.
    If you lived by, and enjoyed, one of these lakes you would understand how dire of a situation this is.
    Are you saying the Great Lakes aren't worth it? I take it you prefer the money be spent on the illegal aliens.
    You definitely got this one wrong. Obviously you don't live here so you don't care. To you it's wasteful spending. To those living by the lakes, it's our life. That's like saying who cares about the BP Oil spill….

    • I agree! I've fished in the Great Lakes (along with many other bodies of water all over the United States) and can vouch for the damage done by carp. The only way this could be considered a waste of taxpayer monies is if they don't use it for that purpose – which is high on my list of suspicions!

      • Seeks_the_truth says:

        I don't think that will be an issue. They've had a plan in place to try and correct this for some time. They just didn't have the funds to implement it. They'll be there with their hands out for it. I hope it works.
        Glad to see someone else understands the problem.

  2. While they are at it, why don't they also do something to get rid of the Canadian wolves that are destroying ranchers, cattle, sheep and young horses. These wolves are not like our native wolves, they are sometimes two hundred pounds or more, and as big as a large man. They are protected, and killing them, even on your own property, will bring fines and even jail time. They should never have been brought here from Canada and introduced into any of our states.

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