Closing Midwest Waterway Would Disrupt U.S. Economy, Group Says – WSJ.com

via Closing Midwest Waterway Would Disrupt U.S. Economy, Group Says – WSJ.com.

A multistate effort to close parts of a key Midwest waterway would hurt the U.S. economy, according to a business-lobby group.

The closure is intended to prevent an invasive fish species from reaching Lake Michigan. Briefs are due with the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday after Michigan’s attorney general last week filed a suit calling for the closure of two locks in a system that links the lake to the Mississippi River.

 Businesses that rely on river transport are lined up against the closure, pointing out the increased costs of ground transportation.   Although the business groups want to prevent the Asian carp from contaminating the Great Lakes and destroying the ecosystem there, they want the Army Corp of Engineers to develop a plan that doesn’t include closing the locks.

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