Officials: More 'balanced' way to battle Asian carp

A bighead carp, a species of the Asian carp, swims in a new exhibit that highlights plants and animals that eat or compete with Great Lakes native species Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

February 11, 2010 2:49:06 PM PST
Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson says closing Lake Michigan locks is not the right answer to holding back Asian carp.

Members of congress from the Chicago area and members of The Illinois Chamber Of Commerce met Thursday. They discussed what they call a "more balanced" way of blocking Asian carp from advancing toward the Great Lakes.

Some lawmakers are concerned closing locks could cause flooding and force a lot people out of work.

"Any reduction of the operation of the locks would have a devastating impact on our regions economy and would involve a major loss of jobs," said U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, (D) Crete.

A meeting is scheduled Friday on the issue. Federal, state and local agencies will take part.