News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

Meaden & Moore

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Environmentalist says Army Corps report demonstrates Asian carp threat
Hearings coming up next week in Cleveland and in other Great Lakes cities for the $18 billion option -- and others
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Proposed solutions to the Asian carp invasion range from electrical barriers to reworking the Chicago shipping channel.
Courtesy of FILE PHOTO
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Environmental groups say a new report by the Army Corps of Engineers crystalizes their case for spending $18 billion to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes  -- and other invasive species from spreading inland. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the report is likely the start of the fight, not the end.

LISTEN: Asian carp and the Great Lakes region

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)


The Army Corps is laying out eight options to try to stop the carp. The most expensive would restore a natural separation between the Chicago River and the Great Lakes. Supporters say is the best bet to block the voracious carp from their continued migration up the Mississippi – and their threat to the $7 billion a year Great Lakes fishing industry.

Joel Brammeier of the Alliance for the Great Lakes acknowledges the $18 billion in federal -- and perhaps Great Lakes state -- money would also be used to create flood reservoirs and massive storm tunnels that would primarily benefit the Chicago region.

 “We should give people in the Great Lakes region a lot of credit for understanding that the quality of life of Great Lakers in Illinois is as important as the quality of life of Great Lakers in Ohio. And I think we’re going to continue to see that kind of support in Congress and through the states as we understand the implication of doing nothing.”

But critics say the plan is too expensive, too slow and too uncertain to be viable. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says  he’s seen “too many of these long-term Corps projects languish for years.”

Other options in the report include spending $68 million a year to net and poison carp and maintain an electrical barrier in the shipping channel. But the corps documented late last year that the carp have made their way around the barriers.


LISTEN: Henderson on the scope

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:19)

Public hearings schedules on the Asian carp study:
January 9
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
January 13
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
January 16
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio
January 21
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 23
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Traverse City, Michigan
January 27
GLMRIS Report Meeting
Twin Cities, Minnesota
January 30
GLMRIS Report Meeting
St. Louis, Missouri
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

An amendment to an Ohio agriculture bill may kill whole bill
I hope the Gov. sticks to his veto, Att takes more out of this state than it puts in.

From warehouse to writer: Terry Pluto's Thanksgiving thank you
Dear Terry: On my 8th cup of coffee trying to get Thanksgiving "Brunch" done ahead of time because I work nights. However, I just had to stop to contact yo...

The first big private gift comes in for the pro football HOF project
The HOF has needed a shot in the arm for many years and this project will go a long way to getting the attraction the attention it deserves (next: upgrad...

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University