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Army Corps proposes alternatives to protect lakes

January 6, 2014 • Business


FILE – In this June 13, 2012 photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish’s population. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, years in the making, about options for keeping Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The report focuses on the Chicago Area Waterway System and its network of rivers and canals that provide a direct link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp that could devastate native fish, including construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to endorse a single plan after studying the matter since 2009, disappointing sponsors of legislation that ordered the agency to move faster. Instead, the Corps provided a 232-page analysis with eight possible approaches.

Two would place dams in the Chicago waterway system to seal off Lake Michigan from the carp-infested Mississippi River watershed. Environmentalists and five states that unsuccessfully sued the Corps in federal court favor that approach, while Illinois, Indiana and local shipping Login to read more

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