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Senators Complain about Slow Pace of Asian Carp Study

A group of U.S. Senators from the Great Lakes states is upset with the slow pace of a study on invasive carp. A group of U.S. Senators from the Great Lakes states is upset with the slow pace of a study on invasive carp. |  Photo: Minnesota DNR

November 28, 2017 10:16 AM

DETROIT (AP) - A group of U.S. senators is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not to fall behind on a study of how a key waterway chokepoint could be used to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

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The corps is considering ways to strengthen defenses against the invasive carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. An August report estimated the upgrades could cost $275 million and take until 2025 to finish.

The corps recently announced it was extending a public comment period and scheduling another public hearing in New Orleans.

Senators from seven Great Lakes states complained about the delay in letters to the corps released Monday.

“It is imperative that the USACE meet the original timeline for completing the Chief’s Report by January 2019," wrote the senators. "The USACE initiated the Brandon Road Study in April 2015 after the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Study identified the Brandon Road Lock & Dam as a location to control the movement of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes."

The letter was signed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).


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