If Asian carp enter the basin, they have the potential to devastate native fish species and alter our aquatic ecosystem, creating a ripple effect that could touch everyone who depends on this delicate web of life for water, food, and livelihoods.
Organisms like zebra mussels enter lakes and waterways through commercial shipping and recreational boating. Other species, like Asian carp, are imported without considering the potential risks and are introduced to the ecosystem.
Past the cliff comes what, the abyss? Wherever the metaphors and rhetoric are headed as the stalemate in Congress continues, here in the real world the stakes are high for our health and the quality of our land, air and water.