Cox taking fight against Great Lakes Asian carp to Supreme Court
Written by Detroit News   
Monday, 21 December 2009 10:57
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to flex its muscle in the fight to keep invasive Asian carp from Lake Michigan. In a press conference this morning, Cox will announce his intention to ask the court to order all "federal, state and local authorities" to close the locks.

His move comes just weeks after authorities poisoned a section of the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal to halt the spread of the carp, which are considered a major threat to the ecosystem of Lake Michigan. That project produced one Asian carp above an electrical barrier designed to keep the fish out of Lake Michigan.

Cox is calling for:

  • Closure of the O'Brien Lock and Dam and the Chicago Controlling Works.
  • Operation of sluice gates at Wilmette Pumping Station, the O'Brien Lock and Dam, and the Chicago Controlling Works to keep the carp at bay.
  • Construction of new barriers to prevent the carp from being flooded out of the Des Plaines River and into the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal.
  • A study of the Chicago waterway system to understand the number of carp and their location and how best to deal with them.

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has itself admitted allowing Asian carp into the Great Lakes would be an 'ecological and economic disaster,'" Cox said in a press release. "Michigan families whose jobs and way of life depend on the health of the Great Lakes deserve to know there is a long-term solution to this crisis."

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