Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'carp'

The Fish Menace

Just found this article in last year's New Yorker. Ian Frazier writes a travelogue of a journey following the invasive bighead and silver carp up the Illinois River. There's an amusing stop at the Redneck Fishing Tournament, a visit...

Front and Center of Chicago

WBEZ is broadcasting a great series this week about the water connections to Chicago. Reporter Gabriel Spitzer is traveling the Illinois River to explore how Chicago and Lake Michigan are connected to the Mississippi River, while Brian Mann is...

Send those fish back

Governor Pat Quinn announced a deal today to export up to 30 million pounds of Asian Carp to China. A fish processing plant in downstate Pearl, IL will be expanded using $2 million of state funds....

Re-reversal of the Chicago River

Last week's discovery of a carp in Lake Calumet has added extra urgency to plans for separating the Great Lakes and Illinois River ecosystems. At the Shedd Aquarium on Friday Senator Dick Durbin announced a bill to be introduced this...

A bit closer to the lake

On Tuesday a lone Bighead Carp was discovered during population sampling in Lake Calumet. The fish is well beyond the electric barricade set up to stop invasive species from accessing Lake Michigan. Whether the dreaded Asian Carp has made it...

Cost of Closing the Canal

Two transportation experts from Michigan are disputing the projected costs of blocking the Illinois Waterway, as claimed by Illinois and government officials. According to the LA Times article, more than 3800 loaded barges pass through the O'Brien Lock yearly, which...

Carp's Day in Court

On Tuesday the Supreme Court refused to hear Michigan's case against Illinois which sought to close the waterway connecting to the Great Lakes to block passage of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan. Also on Tuesday the Army Corps of...

One Fish Among Thousands

The poisoning of the Sanitary & Shipping Canal continues today, with thousands of fish popping up dead, and only one specimen of the notorious Asian Carp. Yesterday 2200 gallons of the pesticide Rotenone were dumped into the canal near...

River Blockade

Those evil invader fish are on the move again! This week the Sanitary & Ship Canal will be closed to boat traffic as the Illinois DNR begins poisoning all fish in a six-mile stretch of the canal near the...

Steamed Fish for Everyone!

Prairie State Outdoors has an article about a novel fish processing plant in downstate Havana, IL which turns the vast numbers of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River into fertilizer. The plant uses a steam process to separate...

Carp Not Welcome Here

An Alliance for the Great Lakes report released today warns that there is not enough protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp. Currently an underwater electric barrier at Lockport is the only defense keeping the...

Flying Fish

Today's Tribune story on the Illinois River is about the new sport of Extreme Aerial Bowfishing. Guess thats what they do for kicks in Peoria. I am really looking forward to seeing some of these leaping silver carp when we...