Against the Current: The Attempt to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes


This article examines the attempt by Michigan and other Great Lakes states to force closure of the locks connecting the Chicago Area Waterway System (and the Mississippi River Watershed) to Lake Michigan in an attempt to prevent Asian carp, an invasive aquatic species, from establishing a viable population in the Great Lakes. In April, 2010, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case as an original action, but, on July 19, 2010, Michigan filed suit in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Although originally written as an independent study in Wildlife Law for the Spring 2010 semester, "Against the Current" was published in July, 2010, by the Animal Legal & Historical Center.

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