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Survey: 60% want water link cut off to keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

Asian carp (Photo courtesy of Reuters/USGS)
Asian carp (Photo courtesy of Reuters/USGS)

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Here are some poll numbers that a politician can only dream of.

Three of every five Wisconsin voters agree that a water link between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan should be cut off, so the invasive Asian carp does not get into the Great Lakes.

A coalition of environmental groups commissioned the survey, which was done by an Ohio firm.

4 of every 5 Wisconsin voters surveyed said they were familiar with the Asian carp – which grows immensely while gobbling up the food that native fish rely upon.

Wisconsin and several other Midwest states have a lawsuit pending to try and get a permanent barrier established near Chicago to keep the carp out of Lake Michigan.

The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the question, and it plans to make its recommendations next year.

Also, the poll showed that 75 percent of Wisconsin voters support the long-range cleanup and restoration plan for the Great Lakes.

A task force named by former President George W. Bush proposed a $20 billion package. But only $1 billion have been allocated for the work – all of it during President Obama’s term.