Michigan committed in moving Illinois Asian carp block forward, despite higher cost

Nov. 29, 2018

The projected cost of preventing Asian carp from reaching the great lakes has nearly tripled, According to a new plan released by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The federal government is expected to cover 65 percent of that cost of the nearly $778 million construction price tag. The report calls for the other 35 percent to come from a "non-federal contributor." Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced this past May that Illinois would work with federal officials and other states on a strategy for fortifying the Joliet-area lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan.