Army Corps report offers 8 alternatives to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

  • Article by: JOHN FLESHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 7:03 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp that could devastate native fish, including construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete.

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actualreaderJan. 6, 14 9:01 PM

Nothing short of dams will work, though it's probably too late now and Chicago will fight that for decades. When future generations come across records that say the Great Lakes were once NOT choked with invasive species and algae, they'll wonder what on earth we were thinking.

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cluke2Jan. 7, 14 3:10 AM

ONLY a 232 page report? Or was that the executive summary of the study. With eight alternatives, how many years of arguments by lamebrain lawyers will that take to find a VIABLE solution?

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MikeyMikeJan. 7, 14 7:32 AM

Why not net 'em and eat 'em? I have read a number of articles promoting the food value and viability of Bighead and Asian carp as a food source by the fishing industry. I think there are a couple of companies already providing these fish as table fare. Maybe even as a food source for agriculture, or as a bio fuel source, (no government subsidy advocated or implied).

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hoytlakerJan. 7, 1411:09 AM

In other words the Army Corps said "Send us money and we'll build anything you want." Their track record reveals their typical projects are always expensive and late.

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storageboreJan. 7, 14 3:13 PM

Anybody talking about not dumping bilge water into the Great Lakes or we just gonna keep dumping and dumping and hope we don't import any more AIS?

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walranger5Jan. 9, 14 5:50 AM

What good are barriers with Asian Carp on both sides? $18. Billion and 25 years? $628 million a year forever? The top expert says we can control them with predators. Make the entire watershed (wherever that may be) useless for them to survive the spawn. Barriers are just obstacles, the Asian Carp are swimming thru the one we got now. (You really believe only "other fish" have been swimming thru?) The carp wont wait for politics.

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fishanhunt2Jan. 9, 14 7:48 AM

Government bureaucracy once again attempting to shut the gate after the horses have already gotten out. The carp are already there. Unproven solutions that take 8 years or even 3 years will be too late. I suspect that by the end of this next summer announcements that Asian Carp have been found in Lake Michigan will be common place. These steps should have been enacted 5 years ago.

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