IJC commends start of carp barrier construction project
CHICAGO, ILL-The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently thanked and commended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beginning construction of the permanent Asian carp barrier on the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal. The new barrier, which replaces a temporary version that is failing, is designed to block the Asian carp from advancing into the Great Lakes and potentially devastating a $4.5 billion fishery. The Commission also praised the state of Illinois and all of the partners on the barrier project for their commitment to protecting the Great Lakes. Additional funding for the project is still needed from nonfederal sources, however, and the IJC recently wrote to the Council of Great Lakes Governors urging Council chair Robert Taft (governor of Ohio) and his colleagues to match the $1.7 million the state of Illinois has already committed to the project. More information is available from Nick Heisler at the IJC's Ottawa office, 613/992-8367.