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Carp, a Barrier, and Responsibility

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Environmentalists are hailing water quality legislation moving through Congress. Among other things, it could help protect Lake Michigan’s fish and wildlife. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports.

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There’re two aquatic barriers in a canal outside Chicago.

They’re meant to stop invasive Asian carp from swimming toward the lake and overrunning native species.

The first barrier’s done, but states and the federal government bicker over who should pay for the other.

For years, advocacy groups like the Alliance for the Great Lakes shook their heads over that dispute.

Now, the alliance’s Joel Brammeier says new legislation could settle the argument.

Brammeier : This bill makes it crystal clear that the responsibility to protect the great lakes and the Mississippi river from invasive species getting in rests with the Corps of Engineers.

But the bill talks about federal responsibility and the intention to pay for the carp barriers.

Congress might not appropriate money for the projects before next year, if ever.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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