The Illinois Corn Growers Association is calling for immediate action to keep the traffic moving on the Mississippi river. The river has dropped because of this summer’s drought. The group said that this is exposing underwater obstacles which are preventing barges from transporting goods along the river.
The lower Mississippi River may soon experience record low levels last seen in the 1930’s. That’s according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the Lock and Damn system which keeps the upper Mississippi navigable despite the drought.
Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.
“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.
The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”