Posts tagged "Lake Michigan"

Supreme Court won't hear Asian carp suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not even bother hearing a suit filed by the Michigan attorney general and others to force the closure of locks between Lake Michigan and the Illinois Waterway to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. It was a politically motivated suit to start with, initiated by Mike Cox,... Read more »

Supreme Court: No to closing Great Lakes locks (update)

The high court for the second time has rejected a request by some of Illinois’ neighbors to shut down Chicago-area locks to prevent the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Now will Michigan and other plaintiffs come up with other boneheaded ideas for hurting Chicago’s economy? UPDATE: In response to the ruling, Robyn... Read more »

Reason and Asian Carp

Instead of demanding that the entire Illinois waterway be choked off to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan, calmer minds have started working on a cooperative way of meeting the threat. Lots of things are going on next week regarding the issue. From the Tribune: On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn plans to meet with governors from... Read more »
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Best resource ever for Asian carp

There’s a lot about the invasive Asian carp on the internet, but the best reference that I have seen yet comes from our own Field Museum. You can find it here:  It give some important information about topics that have been casually thrown around, such as the reliability of DNA testing for the carp and... Read more »

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... Read more »

Illinois to enter carp wars. Maybe

At last, some rumblings from Illinois about fighting the threats to its barge and waterway industries. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is gearing up with the state to file a response to suits filed by other Great Lakes states seeking the closure of the locks on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to prevent the... Read more »
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Shut down the St. Lawrence Seaway

Now that Minnesota has joined Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania in a war on the Illinois shipping industry, I am reminded of the perils of the round goby. The what? The round goby is a bug-eyed fish of prey that entered the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of ocean freighters two decades ago and now is multiplying... Read more »

Michigan declares war on Illinois, over carp

A century ago, Illinois reversed the flow of the Chicago River by building the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Now Michigan would have us fill it back in This will affect everyone in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. It could cost us billions in economic and environmental damage. It could affect everyone who has a basement that... Read more »

Me, the Tribune and carp

Dead fish float at the surface at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal during the Asian Carp Rapid Response Project to prevent carp from entering Lake Michigan. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources launched an unprecedented fish kill by dumping gallons of the toxin rotenone into the canal. (Tribune photo by William DeShazer / December... Read more »
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Asian carp uproar is smelling a little fishy

Wait, someone wants to crimp a world engineering marvel that made Chicago what it is because some fat, ugly carp are swimming in it? The century-old Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the largest public works project of its time, reversed the flow of the Chicago River, cleaned up a stinking, typhoid-producing mess and, for the... Read more »
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