Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
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Administration plans stepped-up fight against carp

By JOHN FLESHER

AP Environmental Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The Obama administration says it
will step up efforts to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great
Lakes, even though closing Chicago-area shipping locks, as some in
the region want to do, is off the table.

Officials on Thursday outlined the federal government’s strategy
for meeting the Asian carp threat over the next year. It follows up
on a $78.5 million plan released last February that included
strengthening electronic barriers on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship
Canal, which has been completed.

Among new initiatives will be refining the process of detecting
the presence of Asian carp by testing water samples for their
DNA.

Teams also will study 18 other places across the region
identified as potential pathways for invasive species between the
Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin.

 

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