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Old 02-12-2014, 09:35 PM   #31
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Congress authorized the Corps to conduct a study in 2007 which was released Monday (2/10/14) on how best to keep the invasive species, including Asian carp, from overwhelming the Great Lakes and threatening the area’s multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

According to the bill H.R. 4001 is intended "To authorize the Secretary of the Army to carry out certain activities to prevent the interbasin transfer of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, and for other purposes." The bill specifically calls for a "HYDROLOGIC SEPARATION" between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basins. According the the Army Corps of Engineers report, a hydrologic separation would be provided by alternatives 5, 6 or 7 (alternate 8 only provides a hydrologic separation on 3 of the 5 aquatic routes) each of which cost $15+ Billion. Since the wording of the bill only authorize the Secretary of the Army to carry out certain activities and does not authorize any funding to implement the action, I think the bill is just a way for Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) to grand stand for her constituents.

If you read the report referenced above you will see that most of the alternatives would be effective at stopping carp without blocking navigation.
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