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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Environment - "Report proposes dividing Great Lakes, Mississippi"

A long AP story by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer, dated January 31, 2012, begins:

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Groups representing states and cities in the Great Lakes region on Tuesday proposed spending up to $9.5 billion on a massive engineering project to separate the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area, describing it as the only sure way to protect both aquatic systems from invasions by destructive species such as Asian carp.

The organizations issued a report suggesting three alternatives for severing an artificial link between the two drainage basins that was constructed more than a century ago. Scientists say it has already provided a pathway for exotic species and is the likeliest route through which menacing carp could reach the lakes, where they could destabilize food webs and threaten a valuable fishing industry.

“We simply can’t afford to risk that,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, which sponsored the study with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. “The Great Lakes have suffered immensely because of invasive species. We have to put a stop to this.”

The report, from the Great Lakes Commission, "an interstate compact agency that promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River," is available here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 1, 2012 02:04 PM
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