Your NPR news source

Clean Up Continues on the Canal

SHARE Clean Up Continues on the Canal
Clean Up Continues on the Canal

So far, Illinois environmental officials have only found one dead Asian Carp in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lockport.

Boaters netted thousands of species last night in the canal, but came up with only one Asian carp. That’s the closest officials have found the invasive carp to the Great Lakes.

Crews are back on the water today, and Chris McCloud with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the planned fish-kill is on track.

MCCLOUD: Obviously, they’re not in great abundance. That’s fairly clear at this point. Our guys will start to demobilize as the operation moves forward. And obviously our Army Core of Engineers is doing the work they have to do on the barrier.

McCloud points out most fish sink before they float to the surface. That means it could be days before all the dead species are cleared from the water and identified. Officials treated a six mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal earlier this week. They’re concerned the Asian carp could starve out other fish.

The Latest