CHICAGO (CBS) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been searching for a magic bullet to keep potentially harmful aquatic fish, plants, and other species from advancing into the Great Lakes.

It’s not just the notorious Asian Carp engineers are trying to keep from advancing to Lake Michigan and beyond; it’s potentially harmful plants and organisms that attach themselves to the hulls of boats and ships that use the Chicago River, Des Plaines River, and other waterways that connect to the lake.

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The corps would like to do that with one system at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet.

“We’re not certain, at this point in time, if we’re going to be 100 percent successful, but what we’d like to do is really sharpen our pencils of taking information, and focusing on opportunities to implement technologies that may be constructible, and may be effective at addressing a range of possible aquatics,” said project manager Dave Wethington.

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The corps has scheduled public meetings on the Brandon Road project for Saturday in Lemont, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Argonne National Laboratory; and Tuesday at the Gleacher Center in the Streeterville neighborhood, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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