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Asian carp are headed toward Wisconsin waters and pose a threat to boater safety, fishing, and ecosystem health. Photo courtesy Chris Olds, USFWS.

Judge throws out Asian carp lawsuit

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Judge throws out Asian carp lawsuit
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

CHICAGO - Minnesota and four other states will have to try some other tactic to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, calling for permanent barriers near Chicago to keep the invasive species from entering Lake Michigan.

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Judge John Tharp says federal law requires shipping channels to be open -- and new dams are prohibited But the judge added the states could set up the barriers if they go through Congress -- or take other court action, such as filing a nuisance claim.

In other words, the judge states "There may be room in which the states can still maneuver."

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