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Michigan Congressional members ask for barriers against Asian carp

Asian carp
Asian carp

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Two members of Congress are again asking that permanent barriers be placed between Lake Michigan and Chicago's rivers, to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

It was recently disclosed that a 53-inch, 82 pound carp was caught a month ago at the Illinois-Indiana state line on Flatfoot Lake. The lake is landlocked, but it's very close to the Calumet River -- which flows into Lake Michigan. 

House Republican Dave Camp and Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow, both of Michigan, say the discovery again highlights the need for permanent barriers between Chicago's shipping canals and Lake Michigan. 

Illinois officials and the Obama White House have long opposed those barriers, saying it would damage the economy of the Chicago area.

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