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Wisconsin U.S. Senators Baldwin, Johnson

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's two U.S. senators want the Army Corps of Engineers to get going on a short term solution to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  

Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin are among 11 Midwest senators who wrote the Corps. They also asked the agency to, "move aggressively toward a long term solution."  

The Corps was hoping to pass off the hot button issue to Congress in early January, by giving them a plethora of options. The most popular plan among Great Lakes advocates is to close the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, so it no longer provides a water link between Lake Michigan and the carp-infested Mississippi River.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said much of that option hinges on major upgrades to the Chicago area's sewage and stormwater system. And none of it has to do with keeping the Asian carp or other potential invasive species at bay.

Chicago area officials say closing the canal would hurt commerce in their region. Senators from Illinois and Indiana were not among those signing the letter to get something started.

The Corps' options also include modifying a navigation lock downstream from Lake Michigan, to block the migration of invasive carp into the Great Lakes.

Senators Johnson and Baldwin are among critics who fear that a long term project would be scrapped if the lock goes in.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)