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States, provinces discuss cooperation on stopping Asian carp

Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Illinois. A fishing method originally developed in China will be used to remove invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The "unified method" of fishing drives carp through a series of large nets into a containment area, where they can be harvested. The method has been successful at capturing large quantities of Asian carp in Missouri and Illinois. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Illinois. A fishing method originally developed in China will be used to remove invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The “unified method” of fishing drives carp through a series of large nets into a containment area, where they can be harvested. The method has been successful at capturing large quantities of Asian carp in Missouri and Illinois. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region are looking for ways to cooperate on preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

Representatives of the states and provinces met this week in Chicago to discuss a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to install new technology at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.

This operation is considered a choke point where electric barriers, air bubbles and underwater noisemakers could be used to scare away the invasive fish, which have infested the Illinois River.

The region’s governors and premiers have endorsed the $778 million plan and Illinois is the non-federal sponsor. During this week’s meeting, the other states and provinces discussed how they could help.

In addition to costs, the agenda included ecological and engineering issues.

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