Headlines: CEQ – strategy to reduce threat of Asian carp in Great Lakes; IJC – meeting re Asian carp control efforts; South China Sea – possible hijacking of tug and barge; and Panama Canal – summary of January operations.
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CEQ – strategy to reduce threat of Asian carp in Great Lakes
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hosted a meeting of Governors of states bordering the Great Lakes and various federal stakeholders to discuss the environmental threat posed by the possible incursion into the Great Lakes of Asian carp entering through the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. Afterwards, the CEQ issued a press release stating that the federal government has adopted a strategy to reduce the threat. A draft Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, calling for investments totaling $78.5 million, will introduce a multi-tiered defense network. The navigational locks on the Canal will be opened less frequently. Federal agencies will deploy enlarged field teams for physical and sonar observation, electro-shocking, and netting operations within the waterway. Barriers will be constructed between the Canal and the Des Plaines River to prevent Asian carp from passing around the existing electrical barriers. A third electrical barrier will be constructed. Additionally, a study will be conducted of the feasibility and impacts of permanent lock closure. (2/8/10).
IJC – meeting re Asian carp control efforts
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release stating that the International Joint Commission (IJC), in cooperating with various participating agencies, is hosting a public meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan on February 17 to discuss plans and get recommendations on Asian carp control efforts. (2/8/10).
South China Sea – possible hijacking of tug and barge
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert stating that communications have been lost with a tug and barge in the South China Sea off of coast of Malaysia. The owner suspects that the tug and barge have been hijacked. The tug had been headed south to Cambodia, but when communications were lost, the tug deviated and has been tracked heading to the northeast. (2/6/10).
Panama Canal – summary of January operations
The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory summarizing Canal operations for January. It also includes a schedule of locks maintenance work for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Advisory also states that, on January 25, the Authority issued the Notice to commence work on the fourth and final dry excavation (PAC-4) contract. Advisory 3-2010 (2/4/10).
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