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Legal Battle Over Asian Carp To Continue Today

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Legal Battle Over Asian Carp To Continue Today

Invasive Asian Carp (Photo Courtesy The Shedd Aquarium Brenna Hernandez)

The legal fight over the invasive Asian carp is scheduled to continue in federal court today.

Michigan and several other states bordering the Great Lakes want the court to intervene and close the river locks around Chicago leading into Lake Michigan. Michigan’s Attorney General’s office says Illinois’ rivers are a “carp highway” into Lake Michigan.

On the other side are the Army Corp of Engineers and Chicago’s Metropolitan Water District, along with a private business, Wendella Sightseeing, which runs boat tours along the Chicago River. Kurt Kauffman is Wendella’s attorney.

KAUFFMAN: Basically, to use Michigan’s example - or hypothetical - as this is a highway, they can’t even prove that there are any cars on it.

Kauffman says he plans to call two witnesses. One expert who can talk about how scientists track carp and a biologist who says the Great Lakes would not be a good habitat for the Asian carp.

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