Groups working together to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

The Toledo Blade
Oct. 27, 2018

The tiny hamlet of Bath, Ill., home of 300 people in Mason County, is more than 180 miles downstream from the megalopolis of Chicago and its nearly three million residents, but what is going on in the Illinois River here could have a calamitous impact on the economy and quality of life in Chicago and beyond.

Asian carp have radically transformed much of this principal tributary of the Mississippi River system that for eons had been host to strong populations of walleye, largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and other native panfish. What is at stake to the northeast is the Great Lakes’ commercial and sportfishing industry, worth an estimated $7 billion in economic impact annually.