U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman have joined nine other regional senators in pushing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on finding ways to keep the Asian carp from migrating from the Mississippi River and its tributaries to the Great Lakes.

The letter asks the Corps of Engineers to move quickly in carrying out short-term measures and to help forge a consensus on a permanent solution to the problem.

In January, the Corps of Engineers released The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, which listed various alternatives to keeping the carp out of the Great Lakes. It’s feared if the carp invade the lakes, the invasive species would crowd out more desirable native fish such as yellow perch and walleye. That would particularly damage Lake Erie, the most productive lake for fishing.

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