A public examination and discussion of the the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes.
Free and open to the public (advanced REGISTRATION recommended).
The spread of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes continues to cause great controversy. Electric barriers and poisons have been used to halt their spread, but the species still seem to be advancing up the Illinois River, through Chicago waterways, and into Lake Michigan. Some biologists and environmentalists maintain that Asian carp would cause an ecological disaster in the Great Lakes, and a case is pending in the Supreme Court to force the closure of Chicago area navigation locks to slow their spread. Despite these claims and court actions, there remains significant uncertainty about how severely Asian carp would impact the Great Lakes, and how effectively different management strategies would slow their spread.
The Program on the Global Environment at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, presents a public examination and discussion of the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes. Experts in biology, economics and policy (see details below) will provide the most up to date information about how these species threaten the ecology of the Great Lakes, how closing Chicago waterways would affect the regional economy, and the broader implications for the Great Lakes region and environmental management.
From the World Beyond the Headlines lecture series. The University of Chicago Center for International Studies and Program on Global Environment, and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.
Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region: Putting the Asian Carp in Context, and Tracking it with New Environmental DNA methods
David Lodge, Director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame
Professor Lodge earned his Doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame since 1985, where he is a full professor and director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation. Much of Lodge's recent work has concerned the ecology, economics and management of aquatic invasive species. He was the founding chair of the US national Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and has presented testimony to congress on several occasions. Lodge has led the research team that has developed and applied new environmental DNA detection methods to track the spread of Asian Carp through Chicago's waterways.
Asian carps in the Great Lakes: understanding the complexities and uncertainties
Duane Chapman, Research Fisheries Biologist with the United States Geological Survey
"My first journal article, published in 1985, was based on work I performed as part of my Masters degree at the University of Wyoming. In 2002, I began working almost exclusively with Asian carps. I am author or co-author of ten published or in-press manuscripts on Asian carp biology, including the book Bigheaded Carps: a Biological Synopsis and Risk Assessment. I participated in the Asian carp Working Group that produced the Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver Carps in the United States and chaired the Working Group team responsible for control and mitigation sections of the Control Plan. I am a member of the Asian Carp Rapid Response Team for the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal and a member of the expert panel for Risk Analysis for Chicago Navigation Lock Operation. I also serve as the Chair of the Research and Risk Assessment Committee of the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and am the Immediate Past-President of the Introduced Fish Section of the American Fisheries Society."
The Chicago Area Waterway System in the 21st Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Uncertainties
Josh Ellis, Associate at the Metropolitan Planning Council
Josh Ellis has been a program associate with MPC since 2006, and focuses on advancing MPC's environmental and economic goals through policy research, advocacy, and community engagement. He manages MPC's water supply planning initiatives and federal investment reform research. Through the Community Building Initiative, he provides technical assistance on transit-oriented development, energy efficiency, water supply, and stormwater. He co-authored Retail 1-2-3, one of MPC's guidebooks for local elected officials and staff, and he manages the 1-2-3 series. He also manages MPC's internal GIS for geospatial analysis of emerging environmental, economic and demographic trends.
A New Hampshire native, Josh now resides in Chicago's Hyde Park community, where he spends a lot of time in Lake Michigan and on the lakeshore path. He managed a small school in Japan before his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. His honors thesis compared the political discourse of marsh restoration in southeastern Iraq with the environmental history of the region. He spends his evenings teaching English as a Second Language at Poder Learning Center in Chicago's Pilsen community.
The Battle of the Chicago Waterway System; The Last Stand against the Carp
David Ullrich, Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
David Ullrich's responsibilities include working with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. The Initiative leads many efforts to accelerate the work to become a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well being of its people.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. For six years, he was the U.S. Chair of the Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, and was a founding member and chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He continues to serve on the Water Quality Board, and in 2006 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he serves as U.S. Section Chair. In 1986, he completed a six month executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S. EPA recognized Mr. Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during his public service career.
Mr. Ullrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a degree in English and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law. He is a runner and outdoor sportsman. He is married to Polly Ullrich, an art critic, curator, and ceramic artist, and their son Eric is a student at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Reducing the Threat of Asian Carp Invasion
Bill Bolen, Senior Advisor is the Great Lakes National Program Office of the United State Environmental Protection Authority http://pge.uchicago.e..
Read this Invasive Species article.Asian Carp Invasion: Potential Econ?