TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress say the recent discovery
of a large Asian carp near Lake Michigan underscores the need to separate
the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds in the Chicago area.
John Goss of the White House Council on Environmental Quality reported the
find last week during a Great Lakes gathering in Milwaukee. He says the
53-inch, 82-pound fish was caught about a month ago in Flatfoot Lake on
the Illinois-Indiana state line.
The lake is landlocked but very close to the Calumet River, which flows
into Lake Michigan.
Republican Rep. Dave Camp and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
issued statements Tuesday repeating their call for permanent barriers
between Lake Michigan and Chicago canals and rivers to protect the Great
Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.