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Asian carp measures could hurt Chicago businesses

If locks and dams in Chicago-area waterways are closed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, there would be an immediate effect on local boating businesses.

"If they close the river, my business would die," Anthony Discepolo, owner of A-1 Millennium Marina, which sits on the Little Calumet River in Burnham, told the Chicago Tribune. "The impact would be horrendous. Boaters don't want to be restricted to just the river."

Blocking access to the lake could force recreational boaters to look elsewhere for storage and launch sites. It would affect restaurants, bars and businesses that cater to boaters and already have taken a hit because of the economy, owners said.

To protect the lake from the migrating Asian carp, Michigan filed a lawsuit to force the closure of the Chicago River Lock in downtown Chicago and the O'Brien Lock in Burnham. Attorneys general in Ohio, New York and Minnesota have joined the effort.

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule this week on closing the waterways.

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