CHICAGO (Michigan News Source) – A coalition of organizations is working on a $1.146 billion engineering project at the 96-year-old Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Chicago to stop invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan.
The project is primarily funded by the federal government (90%) and state funds from Michigan and Illinois (10%). Its aim is to safeguard the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery and the $15 billion boating industry, which could face severe disruption from invasive carp.
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expressed concern about the carp’s threat to Michigan’s waterways and marine economy. Additionally, improving the Brandon Road Lock and Dam could eliminate one potential entry point for the carp.
Engineers are adding new impediments to electrical barriers now in place at the Brandon Lock to block fish that can grow to 4 feet and 100 pounds.