Electric barrier to be installed to stop Asian carp

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The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be unavailable for recreational boating transit during certain hours from Sept. 7-11 as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installs an underwater electric barrier designed to prevent the spread of Asian carp.

"This joint effort by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard comes at a critical migratory time period for boaters of the region returning to their dry storage yards on the Chicago River. Boaters are advised to coordinate their returns with these time periods and Chicago bridge openings," said Ned Dikmen, chairman of the Great Lakes Boating Federation.

Concerned boaters can direct questions to Cmdr. Charlie Tenney, prevention chief, sector Lake Michigan, at (414) 747-7163 or to Lt. Cmdr. Sean Brady, executive officer, Marine Safety Unit Chicago, at (630) 986-2155.

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