Prickly City (3/7/10)

A year ago, I would have found it hard to believe that I would spend a significant amount of time this winter thinking about carp. I’ve never been fishing, don’t eat a whole lot of seafood, and have neglected the beach for the past three years (shame on me). But what brought this particular fish to my attention is the speed with which it is approaching Lake Michigan via Chicago’s Sanitary and Ship Canal. This has caused the federal government to consider some pretty drastic measures, including closing the locks that connect the two waterways. Hopefully in doesn’t come to that, since hundreds of businesses rely on the canal for shipping. In the meantime, the job of carp wrangler sounds like a pretty important one to me.

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