Carp, more carp, and musings on wasteland beauty

From Jeff Kart at treehugger, a look at a pricey propsal to stem the tide of Asian carp that is parked on the doorstep of the Great Lakes: Too Far? New plan to separate basins, stop Asian carp, costs billions 

The Asian carp are coming! We have to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to stop them! That last line isn't as easy to yell as the first, but it's a common refrain among environmental groups and politicians in the Great Lakes region. Now a binational commission is saying the same thing, minus the exclamation points.

The Great Lakes Commission says separating the two watersheds is the "best long-term solution" for preventing the spread of Asian carp and other aquatic invasives, which have been knocking on the doors of the Great Lakes for years. And, a separation is feasible, the report says. Sure, but for how much?... Read more, and watch video.

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From John Flesher with the AP in Michigan, (and IJNR's most determined recidivist), another look at the ever-more-expensive carp quagmire:

Report: Divide Great Lakes, Mississippi River

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Groups representing states and cities in the Great Lakes region today proposed spending up to $9.5 billion on a massive engineering project to separate the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area, describing it as the only sure way to protect both aquatic systems from invasions by destructive species such as Asian carp... Read more.

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And finally, Sarah Gilman with High Country News reflects on the startling beauty to be found in the world's most desolate - and seemingly hopeless - landscapes:

Beauty and the Beast

It is a dead place — boned with black, sentinel tree trunks, veined with unspeakably polluted water, laid bare under a paste-white sky. There is no sense of space or time, only pure, absolute quiet.

It is one of my favorite images — Uranium Tailings No. 12, taken at Ontario’s Elliot Lake in 1995, part of photographer Edward Burtynsky’s troubling series documenting the ravages of mining. The most disturbing part of the work is the beauty apparent in all that ugliness: the molten orange of water tainted by nickel tailings, the taupe and gray shades of soil — smooth and tender-looking as skin — swept clean of living mess... Read more.