Yesterday, after a much anticipated meeting with some Great Lakes governors, officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies within the Obama administration announced a multi-pronged plan to combat the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
This plan includes money to build a third electronic barrier to prevent the spread of the carp, as well as funds to expand DNA testing and for the construction of a barrier between the Des Plaines River and the Sanitary and Ship Canal. The plan also calls for reduced lock openings and other measures to prevent the spread of invasive species.
Additionally, there is money allotted in the plan to assess the feasibility of a plan to close the locks in the long-term as well as to look into alternatives to lock closure.
The plan itself seems to have all of the bases covered, but it is not what many were hoping for. Governors from many of the Great Lakes states were hoping to close the locks indefinitely while other arrangements could be made.
This is just the beginning of what looks to be a busy week on the Asian carp front. Today congressional hearings began on the issue, and there are more meeting scheduled throughout the rest of the week in D.C. and Chicago.