On the “Dis-connection” of Rivers
So after writing yesterday about the NOAA Recovery web site and its wealth of information concerning habitat restoration projects at the mouth of the Mississippi, I want to switch gears here and talk briefly about one of the controversies near the headwaters of one of the Mississippi’s important tributaries.
I am referring to the growing controversy concerning “Asian carp” (a term that is often used to lump together two distinct species) and the threat they pose to the Great lakes system.
Articles on the Asian carp threat are easy to find, so I won’t trace through a lot of them here. A recent blog from Chicago, though, points out how the question of “re-reversing” the Chicago River, and breaking the water link between the Mississippi River watershed and the Great Lakes that was artificially established a century ago, is emerging as a hot issue in Illinois’ Senate race. Good new personal insights in the piece, and worth a look.
The blog also reminds us that important river-based information is found in many diverse places. My “Google Alert” for “Mississippi River brings up dozens of hits every week. Unfortunately, some refer to people losing their life in the river, and a lot are travel stories and coverage of fishing tournaments. Still, I am continually surprised by the broad spectrum of writers addressing topics that relate to sustainability on the Great River.