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Environmentalist: Congress must lead on Asian carp

By AP

CHICAGO –

The Great Lakes Alliance says Congress needs to take a more aggressive role in stopping the voracious Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan.

Joel Brammeier is the group's president. He said Friday that research into long-term solutions must be speeded up now that an Asian carp has been discovered beyond electric barriers.

But he says Congress needs to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers what to do.

Corps spokesman Lynne Whelan says the agency is studying long-term solutions but that research could take several years.

Brammeier supports permanent separation of the Mississippi River system and the Great Lakes.

Scientists fear the giant carp could destroy the Great Lakes $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.

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