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Developers of high-end homes in the Lake Michigan sand dunes are using a 114-year-old document in a legal dispute against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Holland residents Jeff and Peg Padnos, operating under North Shores of Saugatuck LLC, filed a quiet title action this month against the federal agency.

They're working toward developing 23 homes near Saugatuck Dunes State Park, some of which would be built on Lake Michigan dune grass while others would be along the Kalamazoo River.

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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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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.

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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. 

Officials from The US Army Corps of Engineers concluded a series of meetings with the public this week, discussing the Core’s long awaited plan to keep the invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. The meetings concluded Monday in Joliet, Illinois, while a meeting in Muskegon was held last Thursday. Mark Conrish, a Supervisory Biologist at the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, said that the public’s input is essential before making any further decisions. 

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a draft report on possible measures at a crucial site in Illinois that could prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. The report due out Monday is expected to list options for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet. The complex is on the Des Plaines River a few miles downstream from electric barriers intended to prevent fish in the Mississippi River watershed from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways. 

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Federal officials are delaying a proposal for a new line of defense in the Chicago area to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had been scheduled to release a draft plan Tuesday for installing new technologies or taking other steps to block the invasive fish's path at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

The lock and dam is on the Des Plaines River, part of a waterway network that links the carp-infested Illinois River with Lake Michigan.

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