Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

January 22, 2007

Bills introduced to create a Great Lakes Asian Carp barrier

Filed under: Great Lakes News,Illinois,Invasive Species — nemo @ 1:28 pm

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports on new efforts to prevent Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan.

Two Illinois Congress members introduced legislation to fund an electric barrier keeping the nonnative Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Biologists believe the carp would cause havoc for boaters and anglers, and threaten the region’s $4.5 billion fishery.

Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the Great Lakes Asian Carp Barrier Act (HR553 and S336), which would provide approximately $9 million to construct and maintain a permanent electric barrier.

The project has struggled to find funding in recent years.

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