For years, few people in authority would listen to warnings about Asian carp coming north in the Mississippi River watershed and getting into the Great Lakes.
Now, the alarm is getting more attention. On Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin sponsored a bill that would speed up an Army Corp of Engineers study on severing the connection between the two watersheds. That's one of many reactions now that the carp have reached an electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and a live carp has been found on the wrong side of the barrier in Lake Calumet, six miles from Lake Michigan.
There also was a report that the carp have been moving up Indiana's Wabash River to a point where a flood could be enough to carry them into a river feeding into Lake Erie. Carp already have been found in Lake Erie, but there has been no sign of a breeding population.
The Mississippi and Great Lakes watersheds have historically been interconnected during flooding. Similar to the situation in Indiana, the carp-infested Des Plaines River runs parallel to the nearby Sanitary and Ship canal, and flooding is a risk.
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