Pressure mounts for release of federal report after discovery of Asian carp

Illinois officials remain on high alert, following the discovery of an Asian carp caught in late June on the wrong side of electric barriers built near Chicago to keep the invasive species from entering Lake Michigan.

The discovery of the fish in the Calumet River, nine miles from Lake Michigan, comes as federal and state officials have renewed calls for the release of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that could offer “a range of options and technologies” to tackle the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species. The report’s release was delayed by the Trump administration in February.

By tracing where this single carp had lived, researchers hope to prove whether the fish breached a series of three barriers used to block the species from entering the Great Lakes.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

In a show of bipartisan support, 38 Republicans and Democrats from eight Great Lakes states have co-sponsored legislation that would force the Trump administration to release the report. A bill named the Stop Asian Carp Now Act of 2017 has been introduced in the House and Senate. State lawmakers in many of the those states have also supported an expedited release of the report.

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