“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved its final plan recommendation for addressing Asian carp at Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill.

Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Corps of Engineers, signed the report, which will now be sent to Congress for approval and funding.”

Asian carp have been a major concern for the waterways of the Mississippi River watershed. They colonize new areas rapidly and are becoming dangerous to boaters in addition to native aquatic and land-based species.

Mark Taylor writes for, “The Corps plan seeks to prevent them from making it farther up the Chicago Waterway by installing technology at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. Proposed actions include: complex noise, a bubble curtain, an engineered channel, an electric barrier and a flushing lock.”

The approval is great news for the multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational fishing industries of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River fisheries.

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