CHICAGO (AP) — Several Illinois nonprofit groups have formed a coalition
aimed at stopping the spread of invasive species like the Asian carp from
the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes.
The Healthy Water Solutions coalition was announced Wednesday. Leaders say
they hope to complement the work of federal and state agencies. They say one
of their main issues will be advocating for reinvestment in the Chicago
Asian carp were imported decades ago to the U.S.
They migrated up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and are poised to
invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could out-compete native
fish for food.
Asian carp are one of more than three dozen species the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers says could cause damage to the Great Lakes.