Welcome to the latest, we-have-to-act-now-or-life-as-we-know-it-is-over, crisis. I don’t want to minimize the problem of the Asian carp, but does it require a czar?
On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.
The challenge for Goss, who was director of the Indiana DNR under two governors and served for four years as the executive director of the Indiana National Wildlife Federation, will be to make sure millions in federal money is spent efficiently, to oversee several on-going studies — including one looking into the possibility of permanently shutting down the Chicago waterway system linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River–and to bring together Great Lakes states currently locked in a courtroom battle over the response to the Asian carp threat.
–per Chicago Breaking News Center
Maybe the $80 million will find its way into Rahm’s Chicago mayoral campaign fund. Any comments about “shutting down the Chicago waterway system linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River“?