CHICAGO (WTAQ) - A congressman says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not meet a deadline of 2014 to come up with a strategy to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Michigan House member Dave Camp said the Corps notified him about the delay. And Camp said he would, “hold the Corps accountable.”
The agency originally set a deadline of 2015 to study the options for closing waterways between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan, so the bloated carp does not enter the Great Lakes. But a number of environmental groups and state governments – including Wisconsin – said a solution cannot wait that long.
So Congress and President Obama approved a bill to speed up the study’s deadline to January of 2014. Camp also said the Army Corps only plans to release a list of possible options to close the link to the Great Lakes – and he called that unacceptable.
Corps officials have not commented.
State officials fear that the Asian carp would ruin Wisconsin’s commercial fishing industry if the fish takes over the Great Lakes. But Illinois has been concerned about a possible cutoff of merchandise boats to the Chicago area.