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Survey shows support for Great Lakes protection & cleanup


MILWAUKEE, WI  (WSAU)  -  A new poll shows that a majority of Wisconsinites are deeply concerned about the Great Lakes, and many dangerous invasive species. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences conducted the poll, which shows three out of five people want government action to safeguard the Great Lakes.

Jordan Lubetkin assisted with the survey. He says men and women of many age groups agree something needs to be done.  He says support for the Great Lakes comes from everyone, not just one political party. 

Three-of-every-five Wisconsin voters agree that the water link between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan should be cut off, so the invasive Asian carp does not get into the Great Lakes. This issue is tied up in the courts, and the Army Corps of Engineers is studying the problem.

Four-of-every-five Wisconsin voters surveyed said they were familiar with the Asian carp – which grows immensely while gobbling up the food that native fish rely upon. Also, the poll showed that 75-percent of Wisconsin voters support the long-range clean-up and restoration plan for the Great Lakes.