U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In Oregon, Corps wants to remove cormorant eggs to support salmon

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 eggs from double-crested cormorant nests as part of a long-term management plan to protect juvenile salmon being eaten by the cormorants in the Columbia River. The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the…

Members of Congress want 1-year deadline for Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a crucial Illinois waterway. In a letter to heads of House spending committees, 26 lawmakers from Great Lakes states said the next federal budget should order the U.S. Army Corps…

At Arizona refuge, battle continues against feral hogs

Feral swine can cause extensive damage to riparian habitats while searching for food, and are known carriers of leptospirosis, salmonella and E-coli.LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial sharpshooters are returning to the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge for a second attempt to exterminate feral hogs at the refuge along the Colorado River. However, the facility’s manager…

State attorneys: Wall off Great Lakes to stop carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois,…

Lawmakers, groups urge fast deployment of Asian carp defense

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Members of Congress and Great Lakes advocacy groups are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen defenses against Asian carp at a crucial choke point. The Corps is considering a $275 million plan to bolster the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, with devices such as water jets and noisemakers to prevent…

Plan to block Asian carp from Great Lakes worries Louisiana business group

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)NEW ORLEANS — A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter…

Hunters, wildlife share Iowa’s Lake Odessa lifestyle

The water level at Lake Odessa is managed to mirror Mother Nature. Summer drawdowns expose mudflats that immediately vegetate with moist-soil plants. Water is allowed to gradually return to the newly established vegetation, creating a buffet for migrating birds. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its…