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Stabenow Applauds U.S. Army Corps for Completing Key Barrier to Prevent the Spread of Asian Carp

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Location: East Lansing, MI

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today issued a statement applauding the U.S. Army Corps for successfully completing a key barrier in the Des Plaines River and I&M canal. The barrier is built to keep Asian Carp from entering the Chicago Canal in the event of a flood. It is believed that flooding from the Des Plaines River could have provided a major pathway for carp into the Great Lakes.

"In just ten months, the Army Corps built a new barrier to better protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian Carp. I applaud them for immediately taking action to preserve one of the world's greatest natural resources. I urge the Army Corps to move quickly on a permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River system to keep Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes."

-- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Stabenow is part of a bipartisan group of Senators representing Great Lakes States, including Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who have called for permanent hydrological separation to begin.

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