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A new poll released today (Tuesday) found that the overwhelming majority of people who live near the Great Lakes support immediate action to prevent Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Commissioned by the Great Lakes Partnership to Block Asian Carp, the poll surveyed residents in Ohio, Indiana, Wyoming, Illinois and Michigan to gauge the sense of urgency amongst residents living near the Great Lakes when it comes to the risk of invasive carp.

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Illinois says it will work with federal officials and other states on a strategy for fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent letters to his counterparts in the Great Lakes region proposing negotiations toward an agreement on using the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet to block the path of the invasive fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a $275 million draft plan last year proposing an array of defenses at the site, including an electric barrier, noisemakers and water jets.

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Michigan officials say 23 projects have been awarded a combined $3.6 million in grants to battle invasive species. The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program began in 2014. It funds outreach and education to prevent invasions; monitoring to detect newly arrived invaders or those expanding their range; and control and eradication efforts. 

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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, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

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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, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

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Michigan’s U.S. Senators recently sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking why it’s taking so long to finalize its plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry fired off a letter of its own urging the Army Corps consider an alternative to proposed structures that could impact maritime traffic from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes.

WGVU spoke with Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow about the delay.

Senators complain about slow pace of Asian carp study

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A group of U.S. senators is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not to fall behind on a study of how a key waterway chokepoint could be used to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The corps is considering ways to strengthen defenses against the invasive carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

An August report estimated the upgrades could cost $275 million and take until 2025 to finish.

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A scientific manuscript soon to be published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research questions the effectiveness of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal’s electrical barrier preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.

WGVU spoke with Dr. Alan Steinman about the findings. Steinman is Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University.

Officials from The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently concluded a series of meetings with the public, discussing the Corps' long awaited plan to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. If approved, the plan would add and electronic barrier, underwater speakers and a flush system at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Illinois River to keep the fish from heading upstream. 

Researchers in the Great Lakes region have found new evidence that invasive grass carp are spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie. The discovery of more grass carp eggs this summer in a northern Ohio river points to what some scientists believe is a growing danger. Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes.

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