Some things in life just make me smile, even when they’re pissing me off. One of those times is when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks for public comment on an Environmental Assessment of proposed emergency measures (read poisoning the fish in the area) associated with the maintenance of the electric fish barrier in the Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Here are the details:
Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) of proposed emergency measures associated with the maintenance of the fish barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Barrier IIA needs to be turned off for scheduled maintenance to allow it to function properly and avoid an unplanned outage. To reduce the risk of small Asian carp moving up stream during the maintenance shut down, it is proposed that rotenone be used to eradicate fish in the canal from the location of the Barrier to the Lockport Lock. Details of the proposed action are contained in the EA which can be found on the Army Corps website at: http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil. The draft EA will be available for review and comment until November 24, 2009. Comments can be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, ATTN: Gene Fleming, 111 N. Canal Street, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606 or via email at ChicagoDistrict.PAO@usace.army.mil.