Despite another rebuke from the U.S. Supreme Court, which turned down Michigan's second request to close Chicago-area shipping locks yesterday, officials from neighboring Great Lakes states aren't done fighting for more drastic measures to block Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. Joel Hood reports in the Tribune today that Midwestern officials will ask the nation's high court in April to consider reopening a 1922 case that attempted to stop Illinois from diverting water from Lake Michigan through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Revising that decision could alter the precedent used to block current efforts to seperate the two bodies of water permanently.
Illinois' own Rep. Judy Biggert hailed the decision in a release, echoing arguments made by the state's Attorney General's office. "Our goal should be to kill the Asian carp," she wrote, "not jobs." Environmentalists think that view is short-sided. Economists from Wayne State University estimate that cleaning out a carp-infested lake -- which would disrupt the fishing and boating industries -- would be far more expensive than diverting the small amounts of cargo that moves through the canals currently.