Need an Extra $1M? Just Solve This Fishy Dilemma

The Great Lakes simply needs you to solve its invasive Asian carp problem, NBD
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Solve the Great Lakes' Carp Problem, Win $1M
A common carp is shown here.   (Getty Images/BrendaLawlor)

Everyone with a constant flow of "new and innovative solutions" churning around in their noggins might want to touch base with Michigan. The state is offering a $1 million purse to anyone who can come up with a way to keep interloping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michael Eckert reports for the Port Huron Times Herald. The pesky fish, which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources describes as having the ability to cause "economic, ecological, and human health harm," may be placing a $7 billion fishing industry at stake, as well as $38 billion from tourism and water recreation, per the DNR's "Invasive Carp Challenge" page. Eckert has a couple of proposals of his own, though based on the column's tone, it doesn't appear he expects either one to be scooped up.

One option, he says: Fill the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that connects the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes—and which basically serves as a conduit for the carp to infiltrate—with sand (an option others have suggested as well). But Eckert notes that those opposed to the plan cite the increased transportation costs for some local businesses that would result. His second plan, and probably more of a long shot: Convince Lansing to give up its annual revenue to pay anglers to take the carp out. "It worked for wolves," he says. Meanwhile, the Lansing State Journal discusses a documentary by two filmmakers who grew up in the region on all of the different invasive species in the Great Lakes. (The Army has said getting rid of the carp could take 25 years.)

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