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Lawmaker says invasive species find near Lake Erie demonstrates need to close Chicago shipping locks

Electrofishing for the asian carp invasive species. By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Electrofishing for the asian carp invasive species. By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

LANSING (WKZO) -- Federal and state officials recently announced that a breeding population of grass carp has been found for the first time within the Great Lakes watershed, in a tributary of Lake Erie, and one state lawmaker says that should be causing some alarm. 

The invasive carp found near Lake Erie weren't the variety of Asian carp that officials are afraid will get into the Great Lakes and hurt the fishing industry, but State Senator John Proos says that any invasive species is a problem. His concern is Lake Michigan, and the threat of the bighead or silver Asian carp getting in from Chicago area waterways. Proos says that the fishing industry must be protected.

Proos and his colleagues have urged Congress and the president to end water diversion from Lake Michigan through Chicago. They say that closing the Chicago shipping locks would help to prevent the Asian carp migration into the Great Lakes.

 

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