WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Obama administration agreed Thursday to hold a summit of Midwestern governors on keeping voracious Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Officials in most of the states that share the lakes and the Canadian province of Ontario want to close two locks in the Chicago River, keeping the carp out but causing problems for shipping. Illinois and the federal government oppose the plan.
The White House summit is to take place the first week of February, Michigan Public Radio reported.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a temporary injunction closing the locks. The next day, U.S. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., introduced the CARP ACT, an acronym for Close All Routes and Prevent Asian Carp Today, The Michigan Messenger said.
The legislation would order the closing of the locks and authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to take drastic measures to keep carp out of the lakes, including poison.
Asian carp are voracious feeders, and scientists fear they could destroy existing fish populations. They got into the Mississippi River and its tributaries as escapees from fish farms.