MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general says a multi-state lawsuit designed to block Asian carp from finding their way into the Great Lakes is doing some good.
Wisconsin and four other states have filed a federal lawsuit calling for severing ties between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes basin.
A federal appeals court last month refused to grant the states an injunction that would have immediately closed shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways while the lawsuit is pending.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, though, told the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Thursday the action has forced the federal government to take Asian carp seriously. He pointed out the appeals judges felt the states have proven the carp pose a likely threat to fisheries.