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Feds pass on surest solution to advance Asian carp

Feds pass on surest solution to advance Asian carp

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:05 am
By: AP

  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — With marauding Asian carp on the Great Lakes’ doorstep, the federal government has crafted a $78.5 million battle plan that offers no assurance of thwarting an invasion and doesn’t use the most promising weapon available to fight it off.

The surest way to prevent the huge, hungry carp from gaining a foothold in the lakes and threatening their $7 billion fishing industry is to sever the link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin, created by engineers in Chicago more than a century ago.

The strategy released by the Obama administration this week agrees only to conduct a long-range study of that idea, which could take years. 

The government also refuses to shut down two navigational locks on Chicago waterways that could provide an easy pathway for the carp into the lakes.

Instead, the plan outlines two dozen other steps, from strengthening an electric barrier designed to block the carp’s advance to using nets or poisons to nab fish that make it through. That’s an expensive gamble that may not keep enough carp out of the lakes to prevent an infestation.
Published in The Messenger 2.12.10

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