CHICAGO, Ill. (WTAQ) - A federal judge will start hearing testimony Tuesday in a lawsuit that demands more government action to fight the invasive Asian carp.
Judge Robert Dow of Chicago heard attorneys argue their cases last month. Now, experts will testify over the next 2 days on the pros and cons of closing Chicago area shipping locks which connect Lake Michigan to the carp-infested Mississippi River.
Scientists will explain their DNA tests which turned up genetic evidence that the bloated carp moved past an electronic barrier that’s meant to keep them out.
Wisconsin and 4 other Midwest states filed suit after an actual carp was found a few weeks ago close to Lake Michigan in an Indiana waterway. The lawsuit calls for the closure of the shipping locks, and more barriers near Lake Michigan.
The plaintiffs say the action is necessary to keep the carp from ruining the Great Lakes’ multi-billion dollar fishing industry. Illinois and the Obama administration argue that closing the shipping locks would hurt the Chicago area’s economy, with no guarantees it would keep the carp away.