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Price Triples for Keeping Asian Carp Out of Lake Michigan

It's been expensive year for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to prevent environmental catastrophe in Lake Michigan.
December 1, 2018, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Asian carp in the Wabash River.
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Plans to fortify an Illinois waterway to block the path of the invasive Asian carp from traveling into Lake Michigan have tripled in cost in the past year according to an article by John Flesher.

That's the finding of an updated report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which recently "released a final strategy plan for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois," according to Flesher.

The last Planetizen shared news of the Army Corps' plans to prevent Asian carp from decimating the $7 billion the natural habitat and fishing industry of Lake Michigan was June 2017, local stakeholders were waiting for a report that was already four months past its expected completion date.

This month's report updates a report originally released in August 2017, but in the cost has triple in the past year. A spokesperson for the Army Corps quoted in the article blames the cost increase on additional engineering and design work.

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Published on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
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