The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that Asian carp are knocking on the door of the Great Lakes. Sampling data, collected in October, show the presence of bighead or silver carp DNA throughout the Chicago Area Waterway System less than a city block from Lake Michigan. In the face of this threat, last winter the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Great Lakes-Mississippi River Interbasin Study with no clear recommendation to prevent Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The report identified 13 invasive species at significant risk of moving between the waterways. Despite this finding, agencies and elected officials have yet to commit to this solution.
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