Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Close Great Lakes Waterway for Asian Carp

The Supreme Court decided it will not order a closure of the Chicago-area waterway in order to stop Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan.

The court shot down an appeal from an alliance of Great Lakes states to quickly close the shipping waterway that links the carp-infested Mississippi River with Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. The waterway is an important transportation route for industry in the Chicago area.

This from CBS News: _"The states have a pending lawsuit that calls for permanently severing a man-made link between the Mississippi and Great Lakes drainage basins. They wanted a court order to close the locks while their suit works through the courts.

On Thursday, officials announced that the Obama administration will spend $51.5 million this year to shield the Great Lakes from the carp, including first-time water sampling to determine whether the destructive fish have established a foothold in the lakes.

The updated strategy that includes stepped-up trapping and netting in rivers that could provide access to the lakes, as well as initial field tests of scents that could lure carp to where they could be captured.

With this year's money, the federal government will have spent $156.5 million over three years in the fight against bighead and silver carp. They have migrated up the Mississippi River and its tributaries including the Illinois River, where they've advanced to within 55 miles of Lake Michigan."_