Huge Asian Carp found dangerously close to Lake MichiganThere has been at least one almost-failure this year in the effort to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes: A 53-inch, 82-pound carp caught near a Chicago lake that connects to Lake Michigan.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
There has been at least one almost-failure this year in the effort to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes: A 53-inch, 82-pound carp caught near a Chicago lake that connects to Lake Michigan.
John Goss, the Asian carp director for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told the Great Lakes Week conference in Milwaukee that the carp was hauled in a month ago “from Flatfoot Lake right on the Illinois-Indiana state line, and literally right across a railroad track from Lake Calumet.”
Lake Calumet connects with Lake Michigan.
Goss said that the wildlife officials aren’t just trying to keep the big carp from entering the Great Lakes; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is also trying to get human-placed carp out of ponds and smaller lakes that don't connect to Lake Michigan.
Smaller incidents like the discovery of the carp near Lake Calumet arrive ahead of a major debate expected early next year over a federal report looking at long-term carp control options. Andy Buchsbaum of the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition continues to push for a permanent physical separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins near Chicago.
“We want to see what the report says of course, but we want to make sure that every avenue the carp might use to get to Lake Michigan is shut down,” says Buchsbaum.
Buchsbaum says he hopes Great Lakes officials borrow some energy and ideas from those trying to halt the march of the carp up the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.