Asian carp are inching closer to Lake Michigan than ever before. We have confirmation that a live carp - 53 inches long and weighing 83 pounds - has been confirmed in Flatfoot Lake in Illinois, less than a quarter mile from the Calumet River. That river empties into Lake Michigan. Research indicates as few as 10 Asian carp can destroy the Great Lakes ecosystem, and the discovery is prompting bi-partisan calls from Michigan lawmakers to find a solution to keep the fish out of the big lakes. In a statement, Senator Debbie Stabenow said the news means there is a need for more than "temporary fixes." She and Republican Congressman Dave Camp of Midland authored the Stop Invasive Species Act, requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin. President Obama signed the legislation last year, but nothing has yet been done.
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