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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ohio Asks For Help in Preventing Carp Invasion

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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As it stands currently, an electric barrier is all that stands between the great scary Asian carp and the Great Lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed the barrier while it ponders what to do next. In the meantime, they're working on a study, due in 2015, on the best way to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes and away from a multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

Ohio is one of six states that yesterday sent a letter to the attorneys general of 27 other states asking for back-up and support in forcing the government's hand, namely in speeding up that study from 2015 to sometime sooner and building a permanent barrier between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Mike DeWine said, “We must halt the progress of aquatic invasive species across this country.” (Read Scene's cover story on how a carp invasion would prove damaging to Lake Erie here.)

The paper mentions a possible solution:

One option could be sealing off the canals and re-reversing the flow of the Chicago River back into Lake Michigan, as it did more than 100 years ago. Yet businesses that use the canals to ships goods say closing locks or permanently separating the waterways would cripple the region’s economy.

Or they could just invite these guys to take care of the problem:

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