States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

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States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp
FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Asian carp jolted by an electric current from a research boat jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, an interstate partnership is being established to help strengthen defenses against invasive Asian carp in a Chicago-area waterway. He says Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario are taking part, while other Great Lakes states are invited to join. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says an interstate partnership is being established to help strengthen defenses against invasive Asian carp in a Chicago-area waterway.

The initiative would help pay costs of upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, a key choke point between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

A plan drafted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would spend million on measures to block the carps’ path, including an electric fish barrier, noisemakers and vessel cleansing devices.

Snyder says the interstate partnership would temporarily cover most of the costs of operating and maintaining the system — about million a year.

He says Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario are taking part, while other Great Lakes states are invited to join.