Under chilly gray skies, we waded out through deep mud, listening to the calls of redwing blackbirds, to Eagle Marsh near Ft. Wayne. Most people have heard about the Chicago locks and canal as a way Asian carp could get into the Great Lakes, but this is another way.
If Asian carp get past a dam in Huntington and in a flood, get into this beautiful marsh, they could swim into tributaries of the Maumee River and from there, swim the last few miles into Lake Erie. Right now, this mesh fence is the only protection against that. And it’s temporary.
The good news: so far, testing shows no sign of bighead or silver carp in the waters that lead to and from the marsh.