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More federal funding to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The Obama White House will announce a new $50-million plan today to keep the invasive Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. Among other things, it would beef up an electronic barrier in a canal about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. The long-running barrier is designed to attack the bloated fish that travel from the carp-infested Mississippi River. A new segment of the barrier would be added to replace a 10-year-old demonstration model.

Two of three segments would operate at any one time. Also, the Illinois D-N-R would design and build a mobile electronic device that can be used to herd Asian carp away from unwanted gathering spots.

Water sampling efforts would also expand.

John Goss of the White House Council on Environmental Quality tells the A-P that the new strategy continues an aggressive effort to keep Asian carp at bay while a permanent solution is sought. The Army Corps of Engineers has promised to release that plan by the end of the year – two years ahead of schedule, after pressure from Congress.