Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Kalamazoo stumping for federal funding for Michigan waterways
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Senator Debbie Stabenow was in Kalamazoo Tuesday, stumping for federal funding to help keep Michigan waterways clean.
At Arcadia Ales brewery, near downtown Kalamazoo, Stabenow touted the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which helped the Kalamazoo Nature Center restore wetlands and prevent erosion and runoff in the Kalamazoo River--which runs behind Arcadia Ales.
Tuesday's event comes just a day after the Army Corps of Engineers recommended a new plan aimed at keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
"Gives us a clear path to what we need to do to add electric fencing and some other technologies at place forty miles south of Chicago. It's at a place called the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. We know the costs on that. So now we can take that information and begin to move through the process to get the funding. It's absolutely critical. I think we're on borrowed time," she said.
Asian carp is an invasive species which could destroy the local habitat for native Great Lakes fish.
That new plan to stop Asian carp would cost $275 million.