Quinn to Attend "Carp Summit"

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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Gov. Pat Quinn will join two other midwestern governors at a White House meeting next month dubbed the "carp summit."

The Feb. 8 closed door meeting will bring together the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, top officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard and Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin.

Michigan and four other states are pressing a lawsuit demanding closure of the Chicago shipping locks and gates that could give the carp entry to the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected the states' request for an immediate order. Illinois and the White House say there's no guarantee closing the locks would block the carp's path.

The Asian carp is considered an invasive species which can eat as much as several times its body weight per day.  They're not native to Illinois, but they've spread rapidly and threaten to invade the Great Lakes, where they could upset the region's $7 billion fishing industry.

The carp have steadily eaten their way toward the Great Lakes for the last 15 years.

Officials poisoned a section of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in early December to prevent the carp from getting closer to Lake Michigan while an electrical barrier was taken down for maintenance.

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