The drill run by the Department of Natural Resources last month in the St. Joseph River to test the response if invasive Asian carp ever get into Lake Michigan is being deemed a success. Biologists spent two days in the river near Berrien Springs testing out nets to catch common carp that had been tagged, and determined the procedure could work to round up invasive species. The carp are already in the Chicago Area Waterway System and have been found within 62 miles of Lake Michigan in Illinois. Pressure has been put on the US Army Corps of Engineers and the White House to separate the Chicago system from the Great Lakes to keep the fish out. The DNR notes that the Asian carp breed in rivers, and they call it a "safe bet" they'll wind up in the St. Joseph River if they are able to get into Lake Michigan. Several calls by WSJM News to the DNR have not been returned.
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