Washington D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- A provision to keep the invasive Asian Carp out of the state's waterways has passed the House of Representatives.
The U.S. House approved the provision, sponsored by US Representative Rick Nolan to help fight the spread of the invasive species by closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock on the Mississippi River within a year.
“We simply cannot allow our beautiful land of 10,000 lakes to become the land of 10 billion Asian carp,” says Rep. Nolan. “The passage of these amendments - effectively closing the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam, and immediately expanding the definition of invasive species to include plant and animal life - is a major step toward protecting our northern Minnesota waters and our tourism-based economy, responsible for thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in business.”
This piece of legislation also has a companion bill in the Senate which passed last year. Both the House and Senate versions are on their way to conference committee before final passage.
Asian Carp has a voracious appetite which threatens the habitat of popular game fish.
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