Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti opposing new Asian carp migration plan

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is speaking out against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' latest plan to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

The tentative plan, which is listed in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Brandon Road Asian Carp Report, would utilize electric barriers, water jets, complex noise, and more to thwart the migration of Asian carp.

However, Lt. Governor Sanguinetti says the proposed plan is "neither cost effective nor environmentally sound."

"Today’s report recommends the construction of a $275.4 million project, of which Illinois taxpayers would be on the hook for over $95 million in construction cost and another $8 million in annual operation and maintenance costs. This project will hurt our economy and the commercial navigation industry that moves over $28 billion of commodities annually through the Chicago Area Waterway System and along the Illinois River. Furthermore, this project at Brandon Road will separate the Des Plaines River and Illinois River ecosystems, disrupting native fish migration patterns."

For more information about this proposed plan, click here.

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