A shockingly slow response to Asian carp threat: editorial

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A shockingly slow response to Asian carp threat: editorial

Cleveland Plain Dealer – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could use a jolt of electricity itself as it continues to pussyfoot around the need to act decisively to keep encroaching Asian bighead and silver carp out of the Great Lakes.

At least the corps is finally beginning to grasp the gravity of the threat: Its recent decision to increase voltage on two of three electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal is commendable.

The corps is studying the best way to achieve a permanent physical separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins — but would prefer to dillydally for five years while the study is completed.

Congress could show its commitment to the nation’s most valuable liquid assets by passing legislation similar to that co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown last year, requiring the corps to finish its study in 18 months.

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