Report aims to block Asian carp from Great Lakes

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Environmental groups say a new federal report makes clear that urgent action is needed to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a long-awaited analysis Monday of steps that could block the invasive fish at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

The draft report includes technological and structural measures such as underwater noisemakers, an electric dispersal barrier and a new flushing lock. The estimated price tag is $275 million.

Howard Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center says the government should quickly secure Chicago-area waters, where Asian carp from the Mississippi River and its tributaries could enter Lake Michigan.

Other environmental groups say the plan is a step forward but doesn’t address the need to stop Great Lakes species from migrating to the Mississippi.

You can add your voice to the public comment on the plan, by clicking here.

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  • steve

    They’ve had more damn reports than you can beat with a stick on this problem but nothing has ever happened. Debbie Stabenow started her get tough anti-carp campaign several years ago and in typical government fashion ….nothing. They seem to think that ignoring the problem will make it go away. The governors of any state that borders one or more of the Great Lakes need to get together and go to Washington and have a serious chat with the administration. Remind Trump that if the five states that border the lakes that he won had gone to Hillary, the electoral vote would have been almost exactly the same, but she’d have won, not him.