Threat of Asian carp divides Great Lakes states

The New York Times looks at how the invasive species is sometimes pitting neighbors against one another. For example, some states are pursuing legal action to build a barrier cutting off the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes, but Illinois is fighting back, saying that would leave Chicago unable to control floods and interfere with shipping.
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The New York Times looks at how the invasive species is sometimes pitting neighbors against one another. For example, some states are pursuing legal action to build a barrier cutting off the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes, but Illinois is fighting back, saying that would leave Chicago unable to control floods and interfere with shipping.

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