Potential of Asian Carp Migration from the Ohio River into the Lake Erie Basin within Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

21 July 2010 (Revised 26 July 2010)

Background
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has been investigating various locations in Ohio and assessing scenarios in which the aquatic invasive species’, Silver carp and Bighead carp (“Asian Carp”) could possibly migrate into the Lake Erie Basin (LEB) from the Ohio River Basin (ORB) via natural and man-made waterways in Ohio. Investigations are underway to determine what, if any, natural waterways adjacent to the LEB-ORB basin divide have the potential for the headwaters from each basin to develop a cross-connection during flooding events.

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