by Associated Press and Staff Writer Melissa Nann Burke

Federal officials announced Thursday that they approved a plan aimed at keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes after studying the issue for five years.

The recommended plan for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, followed findings from the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study that showed the site could be a “one-way choke point” to stop the spread of the invasive species.

Commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, approved the proposal, which calls for measures such as an engineered channel with an acoustic fish deterrent, air bubble curtain and electric barrier.

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