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Friday, December 18, 2009

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Wis. congressmen ask Obama administration to step up on Asian carp

Nine of the state's 10 members of Congress have signed onto a letter urging four Obama administration officials to step up their efforts to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Fifty congressmen signed onto the letter, which asks the administration to consider implementing the recommendations of the Asian Carp Rapid Response Project, closing the Chicago Locks, continuing the use of piscicides and creating a "permanent hydrological separation between the Great Lakes and the (Chicago Sanitary and Shipping) Canal."

"I greatly appreciate the $13 million the administration will spend to prevent Asian Carp from using flood waters to bypass the electric barrier, but we need to quickly consider all our options and take action," said U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, in a statement. "The longer we delay, the greater the danger of this invasive species wreaking havoc on the health of the Great Lakes."

The letter, issued by the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition's Great Lakes Task Force, was addressed to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen. U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, was the only member of the Wisconsin delegation not among the co-signers.


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