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1Balancing EcosystemsYadira SaundersENV/100August 04, 2015Professor Michael Brandolino4553 Independence PointSparksville, CA 95521
2August 4, 2015Glimmerville City Council241 E Academy BlvdGlimmerville, CA 95532Dear Glimmerville City Council,It has come to my attention that Glimmerville is currently struggling with an invasivefish species, Grass Carp, as Sparksville did earlier this year. Now I am not aware of the originalpurpose this fish species was introduced to your ecosystem, however, the challenge it iscausing, and caused here too, seems to be similar in how it is affecting the city of Glimmerville.On behalf of the Environment and Energy Committee and the city of Sparksville, I would liketo extend our assistance in resolving the Grass Carp issue Glimmerville is currentlyexperiencing.We first introduced Grass Carp back in the late 70’s, when our agricultural landschanged fertilizers to a more eco-friendly one. After a while, this new fertilizer began makingits way to our streams and rivers and, because it was eco-friendly, vegetation began growing inthese streams and rivers, causing our community waterways to clog. Almost immediately, webegan researching for the most safe, natural solution we could think of to solve this issuewithout damaging the environment in any way. Introducing Grass Carp into our ecosystemproved to be the safest solution at the time. Little did we know that a few years later down theroad, this natural solution would multiply in an un-imaginary way and overpopulate ourreservoir, crowding out our native species, and making their way into our communitywaterways. “It was clear to us that natural selection worked, but only to the advantage of thecarp”. (GameScape Info) Sparksville was faced with a new challenge. Again, we begansearching for the safest yet, most natural solution we could think of without damaging theenvironment. Since the carp are an indigenous fish species of Asia, there are no knownpredators in the U.S. However, we did find that our native large-mouth bass species, do feed onthe younger carp. The greater issue was with the adult Carp as they “grow to a maximum of 59inches, 99 pounds, and live up to 21 years”. (E&E Committee PDF)