photo: Mark Pellegrini
The Obama administration proposed a $78.6 million package of measures designed to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. This invasion threatens the region's $7 billion fishing industry. However, the only sure way to stop the invasion is to sever the link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River Basin, experts, including David Lodge (1999), testified before Congress on Tuesday. The carp, weighing up to 100 pounds, are known to hurl themselves from the water into fishermen, sometimes breaking bones. The proposal comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling against Michigan's suit to close the locks and protect its economy and ecology.