In the Midwest, it seems an underwater war is underway to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes waterways. Currently in the battle, the carp are winning. Wednesday night, officials discovered carp swimming past the electrical barriers that were placed along the Chicago waters to keep fish from infiltrating the lakes. A fisherman also caught a carp in Lake Calumet in Illinois.
The Illinois carp was caught beyond the electrical barrier, only a few miles from Lake Michigan. Carp can grow up to 4 feet in length and weigh over 100 pounds. They eat more than 40 percent of their body weight each day. This makes them a huge threat to the ecosystem because they starve out the other species of fish.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is researching alternatives to the electrical barriers that are apparently not working. The bad news is, the Corps currently states it could take years to complete sufficient research to find a suitable alternative. Great Lakes Alliance president Joel Brammeier doesn’t think that’s good enough. He is demanding that the connections be shut off permanently between the river systems and the Great Lakes.