Saturday, June 26, 2010
Lawmakers to talk about severing Lake Michigan from Mississippi River to halt carp - chicagotribune.com
Lawmakers to talk about severing Lake Michigan from Mississippi River to halt carp - chicagotribune.comA century ago, reversing the Chicago River and building a complex system of channels to steer sewage away from Lake Michigan was considered one of the great engineering feats in world history.
As concerns mount about Asian carp, momentum is building to re-engineer Chicago's waterways to allow for the passage of boats and ships, but not harmful invasive species.
Reversing the direction of the Chicago River was one of the greatest engineering feats in American history, considering it was done between 1889 and 1900. Now, with every Illinois government insolvent, from the state down to the local mosquito abatement district, the plans are being proposed to do something equally grandiose. And all because of a fish. Last time at least it was because of...well, never mind.