Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem

Jan 10, 2014

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Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 18 month study designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase.

Eight options were presented with the most comprehensive one physically separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. But it comes at a price of $18-billion, and it would take 25 years.

The study comes on the heels of another report that Asian carp DNA may have been found in Lake Michigan near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Current State’s regular Great Lakes contributor Gary Wilson calls this a "landmark study". Asian carp, he says, have a chance of decimating Great Lakes fisheries.