Evaluation of a Proposed Chemical Treatment Lock for the Control of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS)
Army Engineer Research and Development Center VICKSBURG United States
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The purpose of this report is to review the concept of developing a special channel near the Chicago Area Waterway System CAWS to treat ship and barge traffic headed towards Lake Michigan with chlorinated water, minimizing the movement of aquatic invasive species AIS into the Great Lakes. This concept was proposed in a white paper titled Conceptual Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment System for the Chicago Area Waterways, which was prepared by CH2M for The Nature Conservancy CH2M 2016. Victor Medina is an environmental engineer with a strong background in water treatment including disinfection, Jack Killgore and Jan Jeffrey Hoover are research fishery biologists who are experts in AIS, particularly the Asian Carp. All are members of the Environmental Laboratory EL of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC. This project identifies several critical concerns that should be considered before pursuing such a course. All issues could be conceivably addressed with additional studies andor extensive engineering. That said, some of the identified issues may be challenging to overcome.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology