Asain Invasion! Can carp be stopped?

Big fish prompt big fight over Great Lakes water rights

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
April 26, 2010 2:00 p.m. EDT
Asian carp can grow to 4 feet long and 100 pounds, and they can 
eat 40 percent of their body weight daily.
Asian carp can grow to 4 feet long and 100 pounds, and they can eat 40 percent of their body weight daily.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Justices won't get involved in dispute between six states, Ontario
  • Some say Illinois water system will allow huge fish into Lake Michigan
  • Multibillion-dollar fishing industry could be at stake, official says
  • High court has repeatedly been asked to close locks and dams
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Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court, perhaps for the final time, has rejected a multistate appeal over efforts to keep the invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The justices turned aside another request for intervention Monday, the latest chapter in a nearly century-old dispute between six Midwest states and the Canadian province of Ontario.

At issue is a direct challenge to Illinois' complex water diversion and sewage disposal network, which some predict will inadvertently allow the non-native fish to enter Lake Michigan. Some environmentalists and lawmakers fear an economic and ecological disaster if the creatures breach man-made barriers. And there are concerns that the fish may have already slipped past locks and entered the massive freshwater bodies of water.

 

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