Leading Indiana gov. candidate: Blocking Asian carp risks jobs

A leading candidate for Indiana governor has joined an effort in Congress to require a review of the potential harm to industries if Chicago-area waterways are closed to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. Republican Rep. Mike Pence and Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky on Wednesday filed a bill in the U.S. House that would mandate the study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pence, who is seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for governor, called Asian carp a "serious but manageable threat to the Great Lakes region.'
AP Wire
Jul 8, 2011


Asian carp are voracious filter feeders that can reach 4 feet long and 100 pounds. Imported decades ago to gobble algae from Deep South fish farms and sewage treatment plants, they escaped into the Mississippi and have moved northward since. An electric barrier network on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal about 25 miles from Lake Michigan is designed to block their path.

Pence represents a largely rural district across the state from Lake Michigan. He said closing the Chicago-area shipping canal linking the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River system “would have a devastating effect on Hoosier jobs and the ports of Indiana.”

An Army Corps of Engineers study of whether to divide the two freshwater basins is due for completion in 2015.

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