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Old 07-24-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default 64-pound Asian carp caught in Chicago lagoon

64-pound Asian carp caught in Chicago lagoon
Fisherman claims he caught massive fish in Garfield Park Lagoon
WGN News
July 9, 2010

Asian Carp Caught: Fisherman Says He Caught 64 Pound Asian Carp in Lagoon - WGN
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Miller says he caught the fish with a hook and line.
He brought the fish to Henry's Sport and Bait Shop in Bridgeport, where is has been stored on ice.

The Chicago Park District oversees the lagoon and stocks it with fish. They are aware of the catch and are waiting to see what the Illinois DNR says.

The bait shop owner, Tom Palmisano, says that a couple of days ago the Illinois DNR was killing weeds in Garfield Park Lagoon. He says he heard the fish had floated up dead.

Palmisano says Asian Carps have been caught by fisherman in lagoons for the last ten years but none were this big...
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Default Reversing the Chicago River revisited as Asian carp worries grow

Reversing the Chicago River revisited as Asian carp worries grow
By: Paul Merrion July 05, 2010

Reversing the Chicago River revisited as Asian carp worries grow | Crain's Chicago Business
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An unthinkably difficult and costly idea has been getting a lot of consideration lately, especially after a live Asian carp was found recently just outside Lake Michigan, miles past the electric barriers that were supposed to stop the voracious fish at Lockport.

Should Chicago waterways be separated from their connection to the Mississippi River, effectively reversing the Chicago River again to block invasive species?

"Serious people are talking about this seriously for the first time...
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Default Stopping Asian carp could increase risk of flooding

Stopping Asian carp could increase risk of flooding
July 3, 2010
By Mark Taylor, Post-Tribune Correspondent

Stopping Asian carp could increase risk of flooding :: Local News :: Post-Tribune
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reiterated concern this week that closing the locks on the Chicago Shipping and Sanitation Canal to prevent the release of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes could aggravate flooding in regional rivers and waterways, including the Little Calumet River.

On Thursday, a group of 14 U.S. senators and more than 30 House representatives signed a letter to President Obama expressing their desire for "pursuing an aggressive strategy for permanent hydrologic separation" to prevent the carp species from entering the Great Lakes.
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"No one wants the carp in the Great Lakes," Visclosky said, indicating aggressive measures should be taken to catch or kill the fish downstream instead of waiting for them to hit the current barriers. "But as we proceed, we cannot ignore the economic and personal consequences of any actions, because any actions have multiple effects. Officials in Michigan have said to just close the locks. But if we look at closing the locks we need to examine every possibility, every pro and con. Some people have indicated that greater flooding would be one of the ramifications. That isn't based on a study, but on (principles of) hydrology. And people need to be cognizant that that exists."
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