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Debate on protecting Great Lakes from Asian carp unresolved by Army Corps' report

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The debate over how to protect the Great Lakes from voracious Asian carp appeared no closer to settlement Tuesday following release of a federal report with options that could cost billions and require extensive re-engineering of Chicago's busy waterway network.

Debate over protecting Great Lakes from Asian carp unresolved after Army Corps' report

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The debate over how to protect the Great Lakes from voracious Asian carp appeared no closer to settlement Tuesday following release of a federal report with options that could cost billions and require extensive re-engineering of Chicago's busy waterway network.

Army Corps report offers 8 alternatives to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes, cost up to $18B

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp that could devastate native fish, including construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to endorse a single plan after studying the matter since 2009, disappointing sponsors of legislation that ordered the agency to move faster. Instead, the Corps provided a 232-page analysis with eight possible approaches.

Army Corps report offers 8 alternatives to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp that could devastate native fish, including construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to endorse a single plan after studying the matter since 2009, disappointing sponsors of legislation that ordered the agency to move faster. Instead, the Corps provided a 232-page analysis with eight possible approaches.

Scientists report Asian carp DNA found in water sample taken from Lake Michigan near Wisconsin

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, although it's unknown whether the genetic material came from a live fish, scientists said Tuesday. It's the second positive DNA hit for the feared carp detected in Lake Michigan in recent years, as experts work to determine how far the voracious fish have advanced toward the Great Lakes. A water sample taken in 2010 from the lake's Calumet Harbor also yielded a positive result.

Scientists find 1st evidence Asian carp have reproduced in Great Lakes watershed

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Scientists said Monday they have for the first time documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish. An analysis of four grass carp captured last year in Ohio's Sandusky River, a tributary of Lake Erie, found they had spent their entire lives there and were not introduced through means such as stocking, according to researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and Bowling Green State University.

Greying Japan celebrates youth with carp flags

Colourful carp-shaped streamers fluttered all over Japan on Thursday as an increasingly elderly nation readied to pray for the health of young sons and mark Children's Day. The large fish flags, which inflate with the breeze like a windsock, are hung in towns and villages all over the country, with many strung across rivers. Tango no Sekku (Boys' Festival) coincides with Children's Day, a national holiday that this year falls on Sunday, but which will give Japan's salarymen a day off on Monday as part of the "Golden Week" holiday period.
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