Illinois DNR Says No Need for Senators to Fear Carp in Great Lakes

U.S. Senators from Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and other Great Lakes states are furious that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not rushing to keep Asian carp out of the lakes.

The senators – led by the co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Debbie Stabenow, D., Mich. – sent a letter to the corps recently urging the agency to stay on schedule with the Brandon Road Lock & Dam Study in Illinois, saying they want an electric barrier installed on the Illinois River near Joliet before 2025.

The fear is that Asian carp will escape into the Great Lakes and ruin the waters from New York to Minnesota, but Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources says there’s no need to rush.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are spending a lot of time and focus to make sure the threat of Asian carp is not increasing,” IDNR’s Kevin Irons said. “To that end, since 2014, we’ve seen a reduction in the number of Asian carp in the upper [Illinois River] waterway.”  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.
“We are very informed as to where carp are, and where they aren’t,” Irons said. “And they’re not in downtown Chicago. We haven’t found any in Lake Michigan.”

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