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Senators want Army Corps to come up with carp plan

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  All 16 U-S senators from the Great Lakes states are demanding that the Army Corps of Engineers help Congress in choosing a game plan to keep the Asian carp away. Wisconsin's Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin were among those telling the Corps it's not enough to just spell out alternatives, and let Congress pick one.

Congress ordered the Army Corps to study ways to prevent the invasive and bloated Asian carp from wiping out native fish in the Great Lakes. At first, the Corps was planning to wait until 2015 to unveil its proposals. But Congress demanded that it be done sooner, and the final report is now expected in January.

In a letter to the Corps, the senators said the agency needs to work with Congress, congressional staffers, and regional stake-holders to determine the best strategy. The letter came a day after scientists found an Asian carp's D-N-A on Lake Michigan near Sturgeon Bay. It was the first such discovery in Wisconsin, after similar findings showed that other carp apparently broke through an electronic barrier designed to keep them out of Lake Michigan.