In Michigan
6:15 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Ohio asks US Supreme Court to study carp threat

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review steps taken to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray asked the court Wednesday to examine measures taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Illinois to stop the spread of the fish.

Cordray asked the court to reopen an earlier case examining the legality of several man-made canals and waterways connecting Lake Michigan with the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

Cordray says the carp present a substantial threat to the Great Lakes because they could crowd out native fish species and impair area fisheries.

Michigan on Monday asked the high court to sever the century-old connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system to prevent the carp from invading the lakes.