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Michigan activists say more should be done to stop the spread of the Asian carp

Asian carp
Asian carp

WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- The Obama Administration has proposed that the federal government spend 50 million dollars to prevent the spread of the Asian carp into Lake Michigan, and while many Michigan activists say the administration's plan is a good start, they'd still rather see the construction of a permanent barrier to totally seal off the Chicago shipping channel. The proposal now is to add more underwater nets to stop the invasive fish from making its way into the Great Lakes, but Patty Birkholz, with the Michigan League for Conservation Voters, says those nets aren't all that reliable.

She tells us that they can fail when there's a power outage, adding that upcoming sewer work planned by Chicago would be the perfect opportunity to build that permanent, more reliable barrier.

Birkholz says that the waterways from Chicago to Lake Michigan should be totally sealed off. It's the only way to be sure the Asian carp doesn't damage Michigan's seven billion dollar fishing industry by getting in and killing off native species.