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Options for separating Great Lakes from Asian carp waters

by Candice Miller on February 6, 2012

By Tom Watts
For The Macomb Daily
http://macombdaily.com/articles/2012/02/04/sports/sporting_michigan/doc4f2d999b5b355435765097.prt
The Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s study on options for separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System was released last week.
 
The study outlines options for separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to prevent the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species is not only possible, but a natural step toward much-needed action to improve the waters.
 
U.S. Representative Candice Miller, co-chair of the bipartisan U.S. House Great Lakes Task Forces, said she has been advocating in Congress for the “health and protection” of the Great Lakes.
 
“I and so many others have raised concerns over the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species pose to the Great Lakes,” said Miller, a District 10 state representative from Harrison Township. “We are encouraged by the release of this study outlining the full option for separating of the Chicago area locks.”
 
Miller said there will be a negative impact that will have to be addressed within the Chicago area with closing the locks, however in a statement she said that impact “pales in comparison” to the damage that will be done if the Asian carp becomes established in the Great Lakes

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