Michigan affirms offer to share Asian carp project costs

Asian carp

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan says it remains willing to contribute $8 million toward initial stages of a project to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger affirmed the commitment Tuesday in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The funding would pay for preconstruction, engineering and design of a planned barrier system at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

The location is a choke point where bighead, silver and black carp could be blocked from migrating to Lake Michigan through Chicago-area waterways.

Congress has been asked to cover most of the project’s $778 million cost.

Officials say the urgency was underscored by a recent announcement that 76 water samples taken beyond Brandon Road had tested positive for Asian carp DNA.

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3 comments

  • Matt

    Maybe if the asian carp community has some dirt on the Clintons…. someone needs to tell Hillary. Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  • Ej

    Why not make those responsible instead of those of us taxpayers who had nothing to do with this invasion ? Why not charge all ocean going shipping with the invasive zebra mussels that have invaded Lake Michigan instead of us taxpayers ? Why not kill off parts of the river from Chicago south wherever they are found ?

  • steve

    What makes me mad as hell about this is the problem’s been around for many years but instead of coming to an agreement that would have been much less expensive and easier to deal with, the states, primarily Illinois, were too busy pointing the blame and remedy responsibility fingers at each other. And, although Debbie Stabenow has been working on the problem for those many years and nothing has happened. So much for her influence in the Senate.

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