Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have now joined the U.S. Supreme Court fight over the Chicago Canal and Asian carp, supporting Michigan’s request for a preliminary injunction. Wisconsin has filed a brief with the Supreme Court explicitly supporting Michigan’s call to close the key locks on the Chicago Canal and connecting channels, operate electric barriers in the canal at full strength, and monitor for Asian carp and eradicate any Asian carp found until a long-term solution is reached.
Wisconsin joins Minnesota in supporting Michigan’s motion for a preliminary injunction; Ohio has filed a more modest memo with the Supreme Court supporting Michigan’s petition to reopen the Chicago diversion decree. Illinois’ response to the request for a preliminary injunction is now expected by January 5. For more on Wisconsin’s action, see coverage by Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.