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by Matthew Blake
Fri Jul 13, 2012

Despite Congressional Action, Alarm Bells Continue To Sound On Asian Carp

A Canadian government study (PDF) released yesterday revives fears that Asian Carp will set up a population in Lake Michigan before the federal government takes preemptive action. The report arrives as both the U.S. Congress and five Great Lake states, not including Illinois, push the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), a federal government agency, to take action by the end of 2013.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Jul 3, 2012

Funding Tacked Onto Transportation Bill To Speed Up Asian Carp Prevention Plan

The recent legislative fight in Washington to keep the interest rate on federally-subsidized Stafford loans from doubling also provided an unexpected victory for those concerned with keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

Included within the $120 billion transportation bill Congress passed last Friday was a measure to extend the student loan interest rate at 3.4 percent for one year as well as a provision requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to come up with a plan in 18 months to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Fri Jun 22, 2012

Highest Ever Findings Of Asian Carp DNA In Calumet Region Lead To Concerns

Recent testing of waters near Lake Michigan has netted genetic evidence of the presence of Asian carp for a third consecutive year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported 17 positive results of Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA) from 114 water samples taken out of Lake Calumet and the Little Calumet River, both located on Chicago’s far South Side, late last month.

The findings were the strongest proof in two years of the existence of the invasive species within the Chicago area, according to USACE Fishery Biologist Kelly Baerwaldt, who said the results marked the highest number of positive hits for a single day since the agency began taking samples in 2009.