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Chicago — Thursday was a rough day to be a fish in the Little Calumet River south of downtown Chicago.
Dozens of fishery crews took to the murky waters with barrels of fish poison in the latest effort to keep Asian carp from swimming up the heavily plumbed Chicago waterway system and into Lake Michigan.
"We're going to be able to kill damn near everything in here," said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy regional director Charlie Wooley at the beginning of a five-day, $1.5 million fish eradication program on a two-mile stretch of river.
Federal officials are hoping to confirm what "environmental" DNA testing has been telling them for a better part of a year: At least a tiny number of the voracious invasive carp have breached an electric barrier about 25 miles downstream from Lake Michigan.
"If there are Asian carp here, we should get confirmation of that this week," said John Rogner of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Originally posted by susp3kt
And does anyone find all this intentional and massive contamination of our water lately very peculiar? BP Oil Spill, Little Calumet River, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch...Etc.
[edit on 21-5-2010 by susp3kt]
Originally posted by dfens
reply to post by rjmelter
Yes, smoked carp is actually quite tasty. For $1.5 million, they could possibly create a clearinghouse rather than poisoning the whole river. If they offered some kind of cash reward, and threw out all the regs for fishing, that might be a little more safe to the local environment. Even building a dam with a couple locks in there to capture them.
When this effort fails, they can always nuke it.
Illinois officials are wrapping up their massive collection of dead fish in a south suburban canal. They poisoned the canal as part of their attempt to keep an invasive species out of Lake Michigan.