The Obama administration will release a short list of options next year for protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.
Previously, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had insisted it needed until 2015 to devise a permanent solution to the carp threat. But administration officials tell The Associated Press ahead of its Tuesday announcement that the corps will offer a few possible methods in 2013 and let Congress and the public decide which one is best.
The report will include estimated costs for each option.
Five states are seeking a federal court order for the corps to move faster. Legislation pending in Congress also would require the agency to pick up the pace.
Scientists say Asian carp could damage the Great Lakes' billion-dollar fishing industry.