The Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas (MRAA), BoatUS and the National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA) met with key staff members in Rep. Candice
Miller's (R-MI) office March 28 to discuss the history
and potential impact of the expanding Asian carp threat in the Great Lakes. Miller
introduced H.R. 4001, the Defending
Against Aquatic Invasive Species Act, February 5. The bill currently has
(Note: Washington Watch reported on H.R. 4001 in the March 2014 edition)
According to Miller's staff, H.R. 4001 will most likely
not be enacted this year; however, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) is expected to
introduce a compromise bill in the coming weeks that would authorize the U.S.
Army Corp of Engineers to install two additional electronic barriers near the
first lock on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. These new barriers would be
in addition to the three electronic barriers already in place.
Camp's bill demonstrates continued support
for an engineering solution to prevent further proliferation of Asian carp into
the Great Lakes.