Great Lakes Interagency Task Force chairwoman and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson announced $13 million in federal funding to prevent Asian carp from migrating closer to the Great Lakes.
"The challenge at hand requires the immediate action we're taking today. EPA and its partners are stepping up to prevent the environmental and economic destruction that can come from invasive Asian carp," Jackson said in a statement.
"President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and congressional support have given us what we need to significantly and immediately reduce the risk of Asian carp reaching the Great Lakes and destroying such a valuable ecosystem," she added.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has identified more than $13 million in funding needs for measures to deter Asian carp from migrating to Lake Michigan. The majority of funding will be used to close conduits and shore up low-lying lands between the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal and adjacent waterways.
Some of the funding will support more genetic testing to pinpoint where carp may be in the Chicago Area Waterway System. The agencies will continue to identify other mechanisms for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.