Legacy council approves $3M for Asian carp barrier

It allotment comes after the DNR asked for $10 million in emergency funding in order to build a barrier on the St. Croix River to deter the invasive fish. The council says they're shaving off money from several other projects in order to free up the money.
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It allotment comes after the DNR asked for $10 million in emergency funding in order to build a barrier on the St. Croix River to deter the invasive fish. The council says they're shaving off money from several other projects in order to free up the money.

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