(Traverse City-WWJ) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to crank up the voltage on an electronic barrier intended to prevent the invasive Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.
The Corps released a report by a group of independent scientists on progress in searching for the elusive fish on both sides of the barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, a man-made link between the Mississippi River basin and Lake Michigan.
The Corps says the two-year old electronic barrier is performing well and there’s no evidence that any carp have breached it.
The Obama administration has pledged more than $125 million to protect the Great Lakes from two species of Asian carp that have been migrating north for over 30 years.
It’s feared the voracious fish, notorious bottom-feeders, could decimate the multi-billion dollar Great Lakes sport fishing industry.
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