Congress to consider bill to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

February 27, 2015 3:39 AM

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Congress to consider bill to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

The legislation isn't so much a specific prescription for solving the problem as it as a mandate for federal agencies -- like the EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers -- to get to work immediately. While the bill wouldn't allocate new funds, it would help clear bureaucratic hurdles and encourage federal officials to start working with state and regional entities to piece together a plan.

The name of the game remains hydraulic separation, keeping water contaminated with Asian carp -- a term used broadly to refer to species including grass, black, ugly, silver, and bighead carp -- from water free flowing into the Great Lakes.

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