Possible Pathways for Asian Carp Entry into Ohio Waters Found

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AKRON, Ohio -- Two area tributaries in Northeast Ohio are potential pathways for the infiltration of Asian Carp.

"The Army Corps of Engineers released a study identifying two area pathways.  Specifically here in Ohio, two different connections got ranked as medium risk connections:  the Ohio Erie Canal in Akron and the Little Killbuck drainage in Medina County," said Curtis Wagner, a biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

The study evaluated potential passages for Asian Carp between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes Basins.

The Ohio Erie Canal became a risk because of its connection to the Portage Lakes system, which flows right into the Cuyahoga River.

"Fish could swim off the Tuscarawas River into the Portage Lakes system Long Lake and ultimately enter the canal," said Wagner.

The other pathway, 30 miles away in Medina County, sits in a low-lying flood prone area.

"Around Little Killbuck, there are various drainage ditches in that region.  In high floods, waters that connect the Black River and Killbuck Creek can connect and allow fish to swim from one watershed to the other," said Wagner.

Because of the risk, ODNR says they looking at the possibility of closure.

"I think you should stop the carp so they don't destroy our wildlife. It's going to hurt our fisherman, our wildlife who feed in the streams. It's going to hurt all sorts of things. If they gotta shut it down, they gotta shut it down," said Roger Davidson, of Akron.