A federal report released this week on Asian carp contains recommendations critical to the future of the Great Lakes.
Included in the findings from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are recommendations for $275 million in technological and structural upgrades to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River, one of the last structures before the Chicago Ship Canal.
While the study was welcomed, it does not address the speed that this issue requires to resolve the threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes ecosystem. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
If work began today on the recommendations offered in the study, work would not be completed until 2025. That is unacceptable. Already two carp have been found beyond the electric barriers in the Chicago Ship Canal. We need quicker solutions than something that will take eight years to complete.