The electric barrier in Romeoville has structurally been completed since 2006. The only problem is, as of today, the "on" switch has not been flipped for the electricity to start flowing. The barrier, designed to keep Asian Carp out of Lake Michigan, is not currently serving its purpose. According to journalist Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Great Lakes governors and taxpayers alike are frustrated with the slow pace of the process. Read the complete story here.
The Coast Guard and Army Corp of Engineers have been testing the barrier for two and a half years to ensure its reliability and safety. The main concerns still lingering are the safety implications if a person should fall in the water near the barrier and the possibility that flammable materials might not safely pass on cargo ships through the barrier.
"The longer we wait the greater the chance is for an Asian Carp invasion," said Jim Robinett. "Asian carp are dangerous for the ecosystem, the native Great Lakes fish, outdoorsmen and tax payers. Invasive species are expensive to control so prevention is the key."
--Posted by Elizabeth, conservation