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State of Illinois offers to sponsor Asian Carp project to remove invasive species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hauled away containers of Asian carp from the Illinois River near Allen Park in Ottawa in 2017. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the state will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to combat the spread of the invasive species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hauled away containers of Asian carp from the Illinois River near Allen Park in Ottawa in 2017. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the state will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to combat the spread of the invasive species.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the State of Illinois’ willingness to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enhance efforts to keep the invasive Asian Carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

Illinois is the only state with the necessary rights-of-way, public water authority and jurisdiction to serve as the nonfederal sponsor and move properly mitigated measures forward to protect the Great Lakes, taxpayers and the local economy and environment, according to a press release.

“No one cares more about protecting Lake Michigan and our Great Lakes than the State of Illinois,” Rauner said in the press release. “While Illinois has jurisdiction over our waterways and is the only state authorized to serve as project lead, I realize we cannot be effective unless we work together.”

Rauner also invited all seven governors from the Great Lakes states to work with Illinois and the Army Corps of Engineers as the details of the plan are finalized.

Since 2010, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has led 27 local, state, federal and provincial partners in keeping Asian Carp out of Lake Michigan and the removal of 93 percent of the invasive species’ population.

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