Chicago waterway reopens to boaters

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The U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District reopened the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to recreational boating traffic.

The canal was closed to recreational traffic four weeks ago because voltage of the Electric Fish Dispersal Barrier increased from one volt/inch to two volts/inch after an Asian carp was found south of the barrier in an area of "extreme risk."

The temporary closure was enacted as safety tests were conducted for recreational boats with fiberglass hulls.

America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association and Dozier's Waterway Guide worked with the Boat Owners Association of The United States to get the canal reopened to recreational boating traffic.

"We want to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for striking a balance that will ensure the fish barrier remains effective, while continuing to allow recreational boat passage," said Margaret Podlich, vice president of government affairs for BoatU.S., in a statement.

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