September 17, 2013

Large Asian carp found in lake near Lake Michigan

The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Members of Congress say the recent discovery of a large Asian carp near Lake Michigan underscores the need to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds in the Chicago area.

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This June 2012 photo shows Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumping from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill.

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John Goss of the White House Council on Environmental Quality reported the find last week during a Great Lakes gathering in Milwaukee. He says the 53-inch, 82-pound fish was caught about a month ago in Flatfoot Lake on the Illinois-Indiana state line.

The lake is landlocked but very close to the Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan.

Republican Rep. Dave Camp and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan issued statements Tuesday repeating their call for permanent barriers between Lake Michigan and Chicago canals and rivers to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

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