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3 years 10 months ago

5 states make final pitch in Asian carp case

Attorneys for and against closing Chicago-area shipping locks to stop the spread of Asian carp are making their final pitches to a federal judge. Oral arguments Monday are the last step before Judge Robert Dow decides the issue. Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin say the action would...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Great Lakes reach 'biological tipping point'

Michigan assistant attorney general Robert Reichel says the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes has reached a "biological tipping point" and the waterways leading into Lake Michigan have become a "carp highway." The comments came Monday during the first hearing in a multi-state lawsuit demanding tougher action...

4 years 1 month ago

5 Great Lakes states sue feds over Asian carp

Five states are suing the federal government and Chicago's water department in federal court, demanding stronger action to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois. It seeks an order to close...

4 years 3 months ago

Asian carp fears continue in Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ruled out closing Chicago-area shipping locks on a regular basis. It says doing so wouldn't stop dreaded Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes but could damage the local economy. The Thursday decision dashes the h opes of Michigan and neighboring states...

4 years 6 months ago

Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health

The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes after more than a century of environmental damage. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document, which Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will release at a news conference Sunday in Washington. It pledges...

4 years 7 months ago

Court won't close ship locks to block carp

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes. The court rejected a request by Michigan for a preliminary injunction to close the locks temporarily while a long-term solution is sought to the...

4 years 9 months ago

Asian carp raises fear and loathing on Great Lakes

Giant, ravenous Asian carp are poised to invade the Great Lakes, and the region's $7 billion fishing industry is worried. Federal and state officials are mounting a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent the marauding carp from breaching an electrical barrier and slipping into the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River....

4 years 11 months ago

Study: Road salt harming many urban streams

Many urban streams have become salty enough to harm aquatic life, largely because of salt used for deicing roads in the winter, according to a new government study released Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey studied urban streams and groundwater for levels of chloride, a component of salt, in 20...

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