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US Army Corps in TC to Discuss Invasive Species Prevention

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January 23, 2014 -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has eight suggestions for ridding the Great Lakes of Asian carp.

They presented the ideas today in Traverse City.

It's one of many stops they plan to make around the Mississippi River and Great Lakes water basins.

Many cities could have a lot to lose if the carp and other invasive species start calling our watersheds home.

Asian carp were first introduced to fish farms along the Mississippi River in Arkansas in the 1960's

They have since made their way up the river, and if not stopped could get into the Great Lakes at Chicago.

There's currently an electric barrier keeping invasive species at bay in Illinois.

But the GLMRIS report, or the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study calls for a more long term, more effective plan.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson were in today's presentation, and spoke to a local agency to learn why Northern Michigan needs to stay active in this discussion.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on-line as well.

Anyone wishing to share their thoughts can find the link to the GLMRIS website on this page.