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Mon February 8, 2010
White House meeting to deal with Asian carp threat
UNDATED – Three governors will meet with President Barack Obama's chief science adviser Monday in Washington to discuss strategy for preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Nancy Sutley, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is scheduled to host Govs. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Pat Quinn of Illinois and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin.
The large, voracious carp have infested Chicago-area waterways, and their DNA was discovered in Lake Michigan last month.
Scientists say they could disrupt the Great Lakes food chain and devastate the $7 billion fishing industry.
Michigan wants to close shipping locks and gates between the waterways and the lake. But the Obama administration agrees with Illinois that doing so would hurt the Chicago economy and there are better ways to stop the carp.