Earlier this spring the Obama administration ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up a five-year study of options to block invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Many biologists say the best solution would be complete separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed.
But basin separation comes with its own multi-billion dollar price tag, and would require re-plumbing the entire City of Chicago.
By most accounts, this story began in 1900, the year the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was complete.
Updated 5:04 p.m. with more details.
The tiny riverfront community of Grafton, Ill. has announced plans to build a plant to process Asian carp culled from the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
The plant represents a $5.4 million joint venture between American Heartland Fish in Grafton, Falcon Protein, based in Alabama, and Wuhan Hui Chang Real Estate, a Chinese investment group.
Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the new plant will provide a welcome influx of good paying jobs.
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