Indiana joins lawsuit to keep Asian carp from lake
Written by Chicago Sun-Times   
Saturday, 02 January 2010 18:15

Indiana's attorney general will support Michigan's efforts to keep Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan through Illinois waterways, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

The attorney general's office announced Wednesday that Greg Zoeller will file a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court siding with Michigan in its lawsuit against Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Michigan is asking the court to reopen a century-old court case, to which Indiana was not a party. The case involved a connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system. Michigan is asking the court to sever that connection to prevent Asian carp from invading the lakes.

Filing the brief allows Zoeller to propose alternatives for the nation's highest court to consider as they work on the case between Michigan and Illinois.
"The immediate environmental threat to the Great Lakes requires Indiana to support our sister states in this case before the U.S. Supreme Court," Zoeller said in a statement.

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago have failed to halt the invasion of the Asian carp that threatens the freshwater ecosystem supporting one of the greatest fishing bodies of water on earth; and so legal action is unfortunately necessary," he said.

The brief will argue that the Corps of Engineers and Illinois should take steps to stop the immediate Asian carp risk to Lake Michigan, according to Zoeller's office.
Staff members are also researching options, "to halt the spread of carp from the Chicago River and man-made channels while not unduly impeding commercial barge traffic near Northwest Indiana."

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