Illinois River

The Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, Illinois has become something of a global phenomenon in recent years. Betty DeFord created the competition roughly a decade ago in an attempt to rid the town's river of an invasive species that's rapidly taking over.

Rich Egger

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.

Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

Illinois River Sweep Cleans the Lamoine Too

Sep 18, 2013

The Illinois River Sweep takes place this Saturday,  people from communities all along the river and its tributaries will work together to clean up the waterways.

Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.

“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.

The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”