A conference is planned between attorneys in a lawsuit that seeks to close Chicago-area shipping locks to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Scientists whose genetics-based research became a lightning rod in the debate over protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp have made their case in a newly published article that says at least some of the dreaded invaders have gotten beyond an electric barrier meant to block their path to Lake Michigan.
A federal judge Thursday turned down a plea from five states to order the immediate closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, where scientists fear they could disrupt the food chain and starve out other fish.
Federal officials have laid out a plan for studying how to stop invasive species — including the voracious Asian carp — from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a Minnesota-Wisconsin joint conference on invasive species this week.
There’s a renewed effort to control asian carp which eventually may threaten the Great Lakes.