Carp update: Chicago floods?

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has filed a response with the U.S. Supreme Court to our neighboring state's demand for a shutting down of the Chicago Waterway System to keep Asian carp out of the great lakes. The district argues that the shutdown could cause significant flooding and environmental damage.
Story is here.
A response also is expected today from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office. It is expected to address the bad economic consequences of closing the waterway.
The Chicago Tribune suggests that our neighboring states have succumbed to hysteria in demanding the waterway shutdown. (Here is "Carp Mania")


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  • I'm sure that the Supreme Court will assign a master to figure this out. That's how suits between the states within its original jurisdiction usually work out.

    I'm somewhat surprised that since the Canal is being used as a navigable water, a Commerce Clause issue was not raised, or the Army Corps of Engineers wasn't made a party. However, those things might just not have been reported.

  • In reply to jack:

    Good point. I've read the Michigan brief and unless I missed it, I saw no reference to interstate commerce.

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