How to Win the Battle to Keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes
Join the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation for its annual Marvin Pertzik World Water Day Lecture. Guest speaker Molly Flanagan is the vice president for policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the Alliance’s strategic policy, advocacy, and reform efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
Flanagan has been a regional leader in preventing Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes—especially via the Chicago Area Waterway System or CAWS. More than one hundred years ago the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was constructed to divert water from Lake Michigan to protect Chicago’s drinking water supply. That diversion led to a century of litigation and water tension that continues to hover over the Chicago diversion today. But in recent years, the Chicago diversion has become equally controversial because it now also serves as a pathway for the transfer of invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds, including Asian carp. Molly will talk about the latest efforts to deter Asian carp and other invasive species from passing through the CAWS, and what these latest efforts mean for the future of invasive species management, and water management, in the Great Lakes region.
The Marvin Pertzik World Water Day Lecture is held each year in conjunction with World Water Day, a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s World Water Day theme is “water for all—whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.”