A change in geography to solve Asian carp problems

By WEEK Creative Services

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Illinois' two senators are skeptical about Army Corps of Engineers proposals to keep the Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.

One of the Corps' plans is an $18 billion separation of Lake Michigan and the Illinois River by physical means.

But Senator Dick Durbin said a multi-billion dollar project to keep
them from the Great Lakes simply isn't going to happen.

"It's ridiculous. I've seen projects like this before," Durbin said. "Congress gets interested one day, and then they languish."

Senator Mark Kirk said he wants to turn up the current on an electric barrier now being used in the Illinois Ship and Sanitary Canal.

That electric barrier seems to have worked so far. But, it doesn't to get rid of the fish in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, and Senator Durbin said maybe nothing can be done.

"Removing the carp from the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers is a challenge beyond us," he said.