Posts Tagged: Army Corps of Engineers

Great Lakes invasion threat

Asian carp gets all the press, but there are 40 other species swimming in the Chicago River that could spring an unwanted invasion into the Great Lakes. So says a new report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as relayed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Dan Egan. At issue is whether the Army Corps should build an electric barrier to separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. Many environmentalists say the barrier should be built now, but the Army Corp is still in studying/evaluation mode.

Carp nearing the Great Lakes

Here is somewhat alarming news involving Asian carp, which threaten to disrupt the ecology of Lake Michigan. “With no fanfare,” reports Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted on its website this week news that nine water samples taken above the barrier in recent weeks have tested positive for the giant, jumping fish.” Seven of these samples were taken from Chicago’s Lake Calumet, which lies just a few miles away from Lake Michigan. What was discovered was not fish themselves but strands of DNA. Perhaps it got there, reports Egan, “through sewage discharges or contaminated bilge water from barges.”

Army Corps v. California trees

Six years and thousands of miles away from the poorly designed flood walls and levees whose post-Katrina failure inundated New Orleans, environmental groups in California have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent what they contend is an unproven, costly and potentially damaging flood protection strategy ordered by US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps, under scrutiny after a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe, decreed in 2007 that local levee districts would in the future lose guarantees of federal aid and loans unless all trees and shrubs were removed from levees under its nominal jurisdiction around the nation. (more…)

Modest progress on Asian carp

Asian Carp

The White House, seven federal agencies, and eight Great Lakes states have agreed upon an updated plan to get Asian carp out of Chicago area waterways that lead to Lake Michigan, reports the Northwest Indiana Times’ Bowdeya Tweh.

The effort calls for continuing to search for Asian carp DNA in water samples past an electric barrier system, using electronic transmitters to track movement of certain fish and using commercial fishermen to reduce the Asian carp population downstream of the barrier system. Underwater cameras and hydroguns to kill fish in certain areas also were discussed as technologies that could be employed.

There’s not much new here. While seven federal agencies are part of the effort, the real legwork comes from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (more…)

Water, water not everywhere (especially not in the Southwest)

As trapped carbon dioxide raises temperatures around the world, water will become even more scarce in the already arid southwest, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, together with the Army Corps of Engineers.

While a story by Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times says California as a whole will end the century receiving about as much water as it does today, though precipitation will be distributed differently. (more…)

Corps carp controversy could conclude

After more than a year of feuding as well as a pending lawsuit, Illinois and Michigan may have reached a breakthrough on the invasive Asian carp, which threatens Midwest rivers and the Great Lakes. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow have proposed legislation that would force federal engineers to devise a hydrological separation in the next 18 months between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, the Associated Press reports. (more…)

Early nominee for worst federal agency of 2011: the Army Corps of Engineers

The motto of the Army Corps of Engineers is “Essayons” — French for “we will try.”  Apparently they prefer trying to doing.  Matt Blake blogs today about the Army Corps of Engineers, which says it can’t complete a study about the possible threat of the Asian carp to the Great Lakes for four more years.  How can any federal agency say in 2011 that it can’t complete a study — any study, on any subject — until 2015? (more…)

New Michigan AG: Keep our Great Lakes Great

Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Asian carp battle between Illinois and five Great Lakes states will “rage on” despite the fact that Mike Cox — the Michigan attorney general who initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago — is now out of office. (more…)

Obama Administration flounders on Asian carp

Yesterday I blogged that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers isn’t swiftly dealing with the threat of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes and it appears that the White House and Great Lake states have taken notice of this as well. The Obama administration, though, still lacks a forceful strategy to deal with what could be a major economic and ecological threat to multiple Great Lakes states. (more…)

Carp vs. Corps could be no contest

Two weeks ago, a federal judge decided that Illinois would not have to close a lock that connects Chicago waterways to Lake Michigan, kind of literally opening the door for Asian carp to invade the Great Lakes ecosystem. The ruling’s effect was to put the issue into the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is studying how to block the carp, who have no known natural predators, from swimming into Lake Michigan. However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Egan reports that the Army Corps may already be dropping the ball. (more…)