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Emanuel says Chicago backs plan to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

The Chicago Tribune
March 28, 2018

Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point.

The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year. Other members include the states of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario. Read More >

Editorial: Stop Illinois’ bid to ease lake barriers

Wisconsin State Journal
May 13, 2018

Illinois is worried that elaborate new barriers to stop Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan will bog down cargo shipping in its busy canals.

Well, too bad.

The health of the Great Lakes is far more important to all of the Midwest and Canada than the parochial economic interests of shipping companies in greater Chicago.   READ STORY

Keeping Asian Carp Out of Lake Michigan

Peoria Public Radio
May 9, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner is asking his Great Lakes region counterparts to join the state on a strategy for fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a $275 million draft plan last year involving the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet. It includes an array of defenses at the site to block the invasive fish. Read More >

Rauner offers to partner on efforts to halt advance of Asian carp

Will County Gazette
May 7, 2018

Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in hopes of preventing Asian carp from  spreading to Lake Michigan. 

In a press release, Army engineers described Illinois as “the only state with the necessary rights-of-way, public water authority and jurisdiction to serve as the non-federal sponsor and move properly mitigated measures forward to not only protect the Great Lakes, but our taxpayers, economy, and environment.” Read More >

State of Illinois offers to sponsor Asian Carp project to remove invasive species

The Times
May 7, 2018

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the State of Illinois' willingness to partner with the US Army Corps of Engineers to enhance efforts to keep invasive Asian Carp from reaching Lake Michigan. As was confirmed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois is the only state with the necessary rights-of-way, public water authority, and jurisdiction to serve as the Non-Federal Sponsor and move properly mitigated measures forward to not only protect the great lakes, but our taxpayers, economy, and environment. Read More >

States, Ontario Join Coalition to Fight Carp

Lakeland Boating
April 27, 2018

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft plan to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. So far, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ontario have joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, in order to help cover the costs of the proposed plan. Read More >

Illinois lovers of Lake Michigan urge state leaders to join Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp campaign

Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2018

Some of Mike Conboy’s best childhood summer memories were spent fishing and boating on Lake Michigan with his family, recreational pursuits the Conboys still enjoy today.

Proximity to the water is one of the reasons the 2007 graduate of Joliet Catholic High School chose to live in downtown Chicago after receiving his engineering degree from Michigan State University six years ago. Read More >