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Approximately 500 business owners and employees signed a petition, according to U.S. Rep. Debbie Halverson (D-Crete). The petition urges the Army Corps of Engineers to not even partially close the locks at the mouth of the Chicago River.
DePaul University public policy analyst Joel Schwieterman's new study said closing the locks would be detrimental to Chicago-area cargo shipping industry, recreational boaters, river tourism, storm water management, as well as other industries connected to the river.
No traces of Asian carp were found in Chicago's waters during a six-week search.
The tools scientists want to use to remove Asian carp from the Great Lakes are the same tools that were used to combat the sea lamprey problem in the 1940s.
The U.S. Solicitor General's Office, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the 1922 case Michigan wanted to re-open was not intended for invasive species.
Even after new carp DNA evidence, the Supreme Court denied Michigan's renewed request to close two important Chicago waterway locks.
Not only do carp threaten Tennessee's native fish, but the invasive species is threatening the state's $1.3 billion sports and commercial fishing industries.
Business and environmental groups explore solutions that would create jobs in Northern Illinois that would keep Lake Michigan separate from canals and rivers, the channels carp use get to the lake.
Congress authorizes a plan to improve the ecosystem. Sixty-million dollars goes toward fighting carp in Lake Michigan.
Despite the implementation of nets and electric barriers, state and federal "fishermen" could not find a fish beyond the Lockport Lock and Dam.
Fisheries biologists would begin another targeted removal of Asian carp from Chicago waterways in order to further prevent the invasive species from reaching Lake Michigan.
Officials agreed to continue short-term measures like the electric barrier and rototene poisoning but no long-term strategies have been decided.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Michigan's request that Chicago close its canals. The decision puts Illinois in charge of stopping invasive species.
Asian carp DNA was found near the Wilmette pumping station, an indication that the fish are getting closer to Lake Michigan.
Chicago politicians convened at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to discuss the lawsuit that would force the closing of Chicago's shipping locks.
The Asian carp are getting close to the Great Lakes and Michigan wants the waterways closed, but the decision could have grave consequences for Illinois industry.
As a result of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' efforts to kill Asian Carp in the Chicago Canal, of the 800 fish killed, only one was Asian carp.
The Chicago Canal is poisoned in order to kill Asian carp.
The first of 200,000 pounds of dead Asian carp is discovered floating along the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Romeoville, Ill.
U.S. Government provides $6.825 million for an enhanced barrier to keep out Asian Carp. The Illinois government adds an additional $1.7 million to the project.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begin operating a $1.3 million electric barrier that is supposed to prevent Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes.