Heading to Joliet, Illinois on Monday is Congressman Fred Upton. He tells WSJM News he’s going to be on a tour of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a chokepoint that’s been keeping the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Upton and other members of Michigan’s congressional delegation will learn more about the recently-completed Army Corps plan to permanently stop the fish from reaching Lake Michigan.
“They’re going to show us what they’re planning to do,” Upton said. “I know that they’re looking at using electricity with an electric barrier that actually stuns the fish so they float to the surface and then they go back downstream and hopefully not continue further upstream. They’re looking at a number of different devices, and I’ll have a better report for you when I come back Monday night.”
Upton says Senator Debbie Stabenow will also be on the tour. He tells us the tour will give the members of Congress a better sense of how much funding will be needed to finally put the carp question to rest.