CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has set Sept. 7 as the next hearing in amultistate lawsuit demanding tougher action to prevent Asian carpfrom overrunning the Great Lakes.
Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. heard from both sides during the firsthearing in the case Monday in Chicago.
Michigan assistant attorney general Robert Reichel argued thethreat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes has reached a "biologicaltipping point" and the waterways leading into Lake Michigan havebecome a "carp highway."
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania want toclose locks and install barriers to stop the voracious fish.
U.S. Department of Justice attorney Maureen Rudolph saysCongress has given the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discretion inhow to deal with the problem.
Michigan's assistant attorney general says the threat of Asiancarp to the Great Lakes is at a "biological tipping point."
Robert Reichel spoke Monday during the first hearing in amultistate lawsuit about Asian carp.Five states want to close locksand install barriers to keep the voracious fish from populating theGreat Lakes.
Reichel tells Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. in Chicago that thewaterways have become a "carp highway."
The states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota andPennsylvania have asked the court to order immediate and long-termsolutions.
But Department of Justice attorney Maureen Rudolph says Congresshas given the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discretion in how todeal with the problem. She says lock closure would hurt commercialtraffic on waterways.
A hearing is scheduled in a multistate lawsuit that demandstougher federal and municipal action to prevent Asian carp fromoverrunning the Great Lakes and decimating their fishingindustry.
It comes in a suit that Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota andPennsylvania filed in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois.
The first hearing is Monday, and two days during the week ofAug. 30 are reserved for possible testimony.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed the complaining statestwice.
The suit says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and theMetropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago of arecreating a public nuisance by operating locks, gates and otherinfrastructure through which the carp could enter the lakes.
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