Swanson, 2 Other State Attorneys Favor Walling off Great Lakes to Stop Carp

In this June 13, 2012 file photo, an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population. Photo: AP/John Flesher, File
In this June 13, 2012 file photo, an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population.

December 11, 2017 04:12 PM

Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

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Attorneys general Lori Swanson of Minnesota, Bill Schuette of Michigan and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania say a better way is replacing the lock gates with a concrete wall that would divide the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. That would cost only about $5.9 million.

They say the Corps plan favors the needs of shipping companies over those of the Great Lakes fishing industry.

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