Associated Press on Supreme Court denying Asian Carp Case

Sorry folks but I am busy being a tourguide to a relation in Yellowstone National Park. Regular blog back on Monday.

In light of the US Supreme Court decision not to engage on a dispute amongst Great Lakes states over Asian carp in Chicago waterways, Henry Henderson noted that the fight against invasive species will continue in an Associated Press article; the piece was carried by the New York Times, CBS online, and by numerous other outlets… Henry also spoke with the Chicago Tribune and (though not included below) Fox News Chicago about the need to stop the spread of Asian Carp…

China Daily has produced a book on the Environmental NGO’s in China, Li Yang in addition to other NRDC staff helped by providing interviews and other content for the book; attached you will find a PDF copy of the book in Chinese… Sigourney Weaver conducted an in depth question and answer session with The Hill during her recent trip to Washington, D.C. to testify in front of a Senate panel on ocean acidification… In an article for Earth Day looked at five celebrities that work on environmental causes. Their list included Chace Crawford, who recently participated in the “This is our Moment” PSA and NRDC Trustee Leonardo DiCaprio… David Doniger discussed the need for climate legislation to occur this year in an interview with Solve… In an article by Earth on trash polluting the world’s oceans Lisa Suatoni stressed that the actions of individuals can help reduce the waste that is collecting off our shores…


1. The Associated Press, “Supreme Court Stays out of Asian Carp Dispute”

2. Chicago Tribune, “Supreme Court Declines Asian Carp Case”

3. China Daily, “Green Ambassadors – International NGOs in China”

4. The Hill, “20 Questions with Sigourney Weaver”

5., Hollywood Crush Blog, “Happy Earth Day! We Honor The Five Hottest Green Celebrities”

6. Solve, “If Sen. Graham Bails, Is There a Climate and Energy Backup Plan?”

7. Earth, “Trash Pile Up in Oceans May Go Beyond Pacific”

Complete Coverage:

1. The Associated Press, “Supreme Court Stays out of Asian Carp Dispute”

April 26, 2010

By John Flesher

After striking out with the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Michigan and others favoring separation of the Lake Michigan and Mississippi River watersheds to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes must devise a new strategy.

The court on Monday refused to intervene for a third time. The justices turned down a plea by Michigan and six other states to revive a long-standing case involving Chicago’s use of an engineered canal network to steer water from Lake Michigan toward the Mississippi.

Michigan and its allies hoped that case would be a vehicle for persuading the court to close shipping locks that could give the despised fish a passageway from Chicago-area waterways to the lake. They also wanted an order to permanently separate the two aquatic systems, linked artificially for more than a century.

The court declined to take the case in a two-sentence ruling with no explanation.

“We are pleased that the court has agreed with our position,” said Lisa Madigan, attorney general of Illinois, which joined the Obama administration in opposing Michigan. Illinois “will continue its extensive work in collaboration with the federal government and all the Great Lakes states” to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes, she said.

All sides agree it’s vital to ward off a carp invasion but disagree on how to do it. Biologists say the ravenous fish, weighing up to 100 pounds, could decimate the lakes’ $7 billion fishing industry by gobbling plankton, a key link in the food chain that supports prized species such as salmon and walleye.


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