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Governors meet at White House about Asian carp

Federal authorities are proposing to control, but not close, Illinois shipping locks in an effort to prevent the Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm did not agree with the plan.

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Asian Big Head Carp swim, with a White Bass, bottom center, in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, Jan. 12.

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The governors of Michigan and Wisconsin met at the White House Monday to discuss the next steps in preventing the invasive Asian carp’s potential entry into Lake Michigan from an Illinois shipping canal. The Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, also participated in the meeting by teleconference.

The summit was at the request of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), after the US Supreme Court ruled last month that it would not force Illinois to close the shipping locks that allow access to Lake Michigan. But on Monday, Governor Granholm came away from the summit less than satisfied with the results.

As part of the meeting, federal officials presented a proposed framework, designed to prevent the Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. Federal authorities are proposing to control, but not close, the lock operations. According to the plan, the locks will open and close less frequently, and the water will be treated each time the locks are open to prevent the fish from swimming through to the Lake Michigan side.

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