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Van Hollen appeals Asian carp injunction decision

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The battle to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes is headed back to court.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Wisconsin is among several states appealing a district court's denial of an injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

The federal district court in Chicago denied the States' motion to order effective measures to prevent the introduction of Asian carp into Lake Michigan through the Chicago area waterway system on December 4, finding that the States had not met their burden of showing that entry and establishment of carp in the Great Lakes was imminent or presently likely, even though it recognized, "The Court stresses its recognition that the potential harm in a worst case scenario is great."

The states had asked for the Chicago locks to be temporarily closed to prevent the fish from migrating into the Great Lakes.

"Long-term, we think the best solution is the one nature once provided: the physical separation of the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi river systems," Van Hollen said.

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