Lake Decatur's Asian carp barrier once again in place

DECATUR - After being damaged by inclement weather in February, a barrier designed to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Decatur is once again in place.

In January, the four-foot barrier was installed on top of a dam, but failed one month later when part of the barrier's screen detached.

According to engineering services coordinator Jerry Stevens, design changes have been made to strengthen the barrier, and that it will be able to withstand debris and ice.

Officials say Asian carp are an invasive species and a menace to aquatic food chains.  The carp have been making their way up the Mississippi River, with millions of dollars being spent to try to prevent their entry into lakes and rivers farther north.

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