Vessels halted in Chicago canal as Army Corps tests carp barrier

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(CHICAGO) — The U.S. Coast Guard announces temporary waterway restrictions today for vessel traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, effective Jan. 24-26.
These vessel traffic restrictions are necessary for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue testing the electric dispersal barrier that was installed in effort to prevent the passage of the environmentally harmful Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
To support these actions, the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Vessel traffic will not be permitted to transit through the zone during periods of work. However, every effort will be made to allow vessels to transit when work is no longer taking place.
WHERE: Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from the Lockport Lock and Dam to the Fish Barrier (mile-marker 296.1-296.7).
WHEN: From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan. 24 through Jan 26.
Questions regarding the waterway closure can be directed to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at 414-747-7182 or to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago at 630-986-2155. Questions on the construction project can be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 312-846-5330.
By Professional Mariner Staff