The Journal Gazette
Thursday, May 09, 2019 3:10 pm

Author lauds Eagle Marsh protection against Asian carp

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Environmental journalist Andrew Reeves returned Thursday to Fort Wayne, among the sites in his new book "Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis."

Reeves lauded federal, state and local efforts to stop the spread of invasive Asian Carp with the expansion of a ditch berm in Eagle Marsh, the wetland nature preserve on the southwest edge of the city.

"I'm so happy to see that it's actually in the stages of getting to where we all hope it will be. That's been really wonderful for me to see," Reeves said during a public appearance at the Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center. 

He had previously visited the marsh, co-owned by the nonprofit Little River Wetlands Project and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, for research and interviews for "Overrun." The Little River Wetlands Project organized his Thursday lecture about Asian carp, attended by about 50 people.

A chapter of Reeves' book is devoted to the construction of an 80-foot-wide earthen berm along 1.7 miles of the Graham McCulloch Ditch in Eagle Marsh. The marsh drains into both the carp-infested Wabash River and carp-free Lake Erie, and it had been regarded as the second highest risk, after the Chicago Area Waterway System, for the fish to gain access to the Great Lakes until the berm was built in 2015.

Reeves said the $4.4 million federally funded berm enlargement amounted to "the remaking of the continental divide" between the basins of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

No Asian carp are known to have arrived at the marsh by way of the Little River.

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