Balancing Ecosystems

Balancing Ecosystems
Lori Fowler
University of Phoenix
February 9, 2015

Glimmerville City Council,
I am writing this letter after it has come to my attention that your city is facing the same problem with the Grass Carp like the city of Sparkville.   The problem with the grass carp is once they have been introduced they kill off the native species of our local waters. The purpose for the introduction of the grass carp is to remove the overabundance of indigenous aquatic plant life in particular habitats that have taken over due to fertilizer deposits making it to our community waterways thus, making survival hard for other inhabitants.
In order to receive the optimal amount of benefits that the grass carp species has to offer, it must be released into a secure environment with no possibility of escape into other waterways. This species has found its way into many reservoirs, lakes, streams, and rivers in our community intentionally and/or by accident; either way it involves some degree of human error. Because the grass carp is native to Asia, it has no natural predators in North America so there is nothing to kill them in order to stop the production of more of them.   Another major factor which adds to this problem is their life expectancy is quite a long time and weigh up to 100 pounds, maybe more. The large-mouth bass and a few other species of fish will eat them if they are small enough. The Grass carp are pushing out the other fish that fishermen want to catch. We had to come up with a way to stop these fish and get them out of the waters in our town.
Some of the challenges faced in restoring the ecosystem in Sparksville were   the farmers grew the food for the community and the agricultural economy might be affected, and they needed the fertilizer to help grow their produce. The town was on a strict budget, harm and/or disruption to the environment and its ecosystem.
In the end, the best choices for balancing the ecosystem were to stop or reduce...