Leaders lobby for Chicago locks to stay open

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)

April 12, 2010 4:34:53 PM PDT
Politicians, business and civic leaders are urging the Army Corps of Engineers not to shut down locks in the Chicago area.

The Army Corps will release a report at the end of the month on the impact of closing the Chicago locks as a way to stop the Asian carp.

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson will present the Army Corps with hundreds of signatures from people who want the locks to remain open.

A Chicago Chamber of Commerce study found that closing the locks would cost the Chicago area economy more than $5 billion over 20 years.