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Chicago joins Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp

This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22, 2017, a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)

LANSING, Mich. – Chicago is the newest member of the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp.

The partnership is a multijurisdictional coalition that supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to reduce the risk of invasive carp entering the Great Lakes by upgrading security at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Ill.

According to a news release, Chicago will provide policy support for the Army Corps’ tentative plan and joins the partnership’s founding members of Michigan, Ontario, Ohio and Wisconsin that have committed to providing support for the tentative plan.

Also according to the release, the plan proposes new and additional measures to stop invasive carp – especially silver and bighead carp, the two species of greatest concern – at Brandon Road Lock and Dam. The discovery last June of a silver carp just nine miles from Lake Michigan has added to the sense of urgency for additional security. An internal Army Corps decision on the plan is expected by June.

Chicago’s inclusion in the partnership is contained in a letter expressing the nonbinding commitment of the states of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, the province of Ontario and the city of Chicago for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Brandon Road Feasibility Study. The study will evaluate control mechanisms to prevent the spread of invasive carp from the Mississippi River watershed to the Great Lakes basin, the release said.

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