Obama No Threat To Fishing, But What About Asian Carp?
By Staff in News on Mar 21, 2010 7:00PM
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But, if you listen to the State of Michigan, Asian carp are a much bigger threat to your weekend fishing expedition. And Monday, we will find out if the Supreme Court agrees. As part of their closed-door weekly conference session Friday, the justices discussed whether or not they would grant Michigan’s request to shut down a pair of shipping locks in Chicago-area waterways. Though the justices previously passed on the Great Lakes states’ request for an immediate closure of Chicago waterway locks to slow the invasive carp’s movement, a broader case to address the situation remains before the highest court in the land. And the news that tests showed Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan’s Calumet Harbor likely bolstered the Wolverine State’s case against the State of Illinois, Army Corps of Engineers, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. A recent Chicago News Cooperative article painted the long-term solution to the carp problem as a potential economic boon for the region, so maybe there’s a lot to love in this big fish story.
Post by: Josh Mogerman