U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Third Annual Water Resources Reform and Development Act Report to Congress

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released to the public the third annual report to Congress on activities and expenditures to manage the threat of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The report, developed pursuant to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, provides a summary of detection, prevention, control and management actions conducted by federal and state agencies to address the threat of Asian carp within the two river basins from October 2015 through September 2016.

The report includes the following information:

  • An analysis of observed changes in the range of Asian carp populations,  including bighead, silver, black and grass carp species;
  • A summary of federal and state agency projects to control the spread of Asian carp;
  • A cross-cut accounting of federal and non-federal expenditures to control the spread of Asian carp; and
  • Research that could improve the ability to control the spread of Asian carp.

The annual development of the report serves as a key collaborative effort between the numerous federal and state agencies battling the threat of Asian carp in the Midwest United States. The report helps to document and inform the implementation of strategies focused on protection of the Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River basins. Asian carp control and management efforts in the Midwest support the goals and objectives of the national “Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver Carps in the United States.”

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act represents a significant milestone for Asian carp management outside of the Great Lakes. The legislation calls for increased coordination and collaboration between federal agencies working with state partners to prevent the expansion of Asian carp populations in the Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River basins.

View the report (1.6 MB PDF)

 

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