Thursday, September 18, 2014
Environment - "Construction project aimed at preventing Asian carp from migrating through Fort Wayne and reaching the Great Lakes"
Brian Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spearheading the Eagle Marsh project as a means of controlling the spread of invasive species that compete for food and habitat with native species. Asian carp have been seen swimming in the Wabash River, which connects to Eagle Marsh through the Little River. No carp have been found in the Little River.
Eagle Marsh also drains into the Maumee River, which flows to Lake Erie. The fear is that if carp would reach the wetland on the southwest outskirts of Fort Wayne, flooding could carry them to the Junk Ditch, the Maumee and Lake Erie, where they would threaten commercial and recreational fishing.
Plans are to rebuild nearly 9,100 feet of berm, obstructing a potential path for Asian carp.