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Abstract

Electric barriers are currently located in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent invasive Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. However, Asian carp are not the only invasive species that may enter Lake Michigan through the CAWS. Smaller invasive invertebrates are also potentially very harmful to the lake’s ecosystem. This research focuses on how the conditions of the electric barrier affect other invasive species present in the Mississippi River Basin nearing the CAWs.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Robert Polak, Senior Lecturer Department of Physics; Dr. Reuben P. Keller, Associate Professor School of Environmental Sustainability; Rachel Egly, School of Environmental Sustainability

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Order Parameter and Director Angle to Evaluate Electric Barriers

Electric barriers are currently located in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent invasive Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. However, Asian carp are not the only invasive species that may enter Lake Michigan through the CAWS. Smaller invasive invertebrates are also potentially very harmful to the lake’s ecosystem. This research focuses on how the conditions of the electric barrier affect other invasive species present in the Mississippi River Basin nearing the CAWs.