Asian carp legislation surfaces in Congress

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Two lawmakers are introducing legislation in Congress that they say would help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D -Mich., will introduce in the Senate the Stop Asian Carp Act, which would require the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the design of a way to fully separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds to keep the carp out of Lake Michigan without interrupting Chicago's commercial shipping industry, the Detroit News reported.

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., will introduce a similar bill in the House.

The legislation "reflects a level of concern that more closely matches that of our member states and our Canadian partners," said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, in a statement. "The stakes are just too high and require urgent action."

Earlier efforts from Michigan lawmakers to close off the Chicago-area waterways that link the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan encountered stiff opposition on Capitol Hill from the Illinois delegation.

But Illinois lawmakers are on board and the new legislation is much more likely to go forward, according to the newspaper.

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