This video is good too.
Article explaining the case.
Article explaining the case.
Growing up about 30 minutes from Lake Michigan’s waterfront I can remember fishing with my parents and brother, but now realities like that is endangered. The Asian Carp is a very invasive species. It has been spreading through the fresh water systems of the Midwest very rapidly due to a high reproduction rate and a readily available food source provided by the rivers. The Asian Carp eats at a much faster rate than native species and eats more aggressively causing food shortages in the ecosystem. These fish have a larger growth capacity as well limiting the natural predators. The entire great lakes ecosystem hangs in the balance of whether the Asian Carp can make it through the barriers protecting Chicago’s narrow smaller water ways with the Illinois River. The Illinois River which many should recognize has been completely taken over by these fish and consequently the native fish population has dwindled.
At this point the question becomes how is this a Criminal Justice issue? Basically the States are having a constant war of lawsuits and appeals to higher courts because of this ecological disaster. An example of this was the reported remains of one of these fish making it into a water treatment plant in the last year closer to Chicago than ever before. In order to keep the fish out the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have emplaced electric current in the water to deter the fish as well as a maze of tributaries and locks. According to CNN.com “Among those being sued are Chicago's local water reclamation agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which helped build the canal system and helps maintain it. Illinois officials say other states and the federal courts do not have the legal authority to order the closing of any federally approved water management project.” Closing down these locks though would severely cripple local fishing industries. The situation becomes more complex as Multiple States surrounding Illinois sued in the 1920’s to ensure that the project to reversing the Chicago River would end. The Chicago River was reversed to relieve the pressure of the growing concern of sewage treatment and effectively connected the Mississippi River to the Chicago River and created the water system that would allow the Carp to migrate north. The Supreme Court established mitigating effects on the project and ruled against Illinois. Since the recent exposure of migrating Asian Carps the surrounding States have asked to reopen the case to have Illinois and the Federal Government more responsible for this problem.
As an Illinois resident and occasional Lake Michigan fisherman I do believe that stronger defenses are needed to stop this invasion, however with the State being so tight with money and growing concerns for the economy how important is this issue? Does the Federal government have the right to impose its will on Illinois if the Supreme Court takes the Appeal and rules in favor of the other states?