Great Lakes governors closer to agreement on Asian carp

Jun 2, 2013

The Great Lakes governors are meeting this weekend on Mackinac Island.

There may have been a small breakthrough on a plan to deal with the threat of Asian carp spreading into the lakes.

There’s been some tension among the Great Lakes states over what to about Asian carp spreading from the Mississippi River system to Lake Michigan.

The two join at a shipping canal in Chicago. The Great Lakes Council of Governors agreed to adopt a common strategy to fight the spread of invasive species.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn endorsed the concept of sealing off the Great Lakes from the Mississippi.

“Ultimately, we have to separate the basins,” says Quinn, “That’s a major, huge public works project for America. I really feel that is the ultimate solution.”

Quinn says a lot more study is needed still to determine the best way do that and how to pay the multi-billion dollar cost. There’s disagreement, though, on even going ahead with that.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the disruption would destroy thousands of Hoosier jobs.