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Minnesota, 16 other states pushing for Great Lakes, Mississippi divide to stop Asian carp

The Army Corps says they'll release the findings of their study on how to stop invasive Asian carp in 2015. State officials say they must move faster. Minnesota is leading the charge by filing a federal lawsuit.
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The Army Corps says they'll release the findings of their study on how to stop invasive Asian carp in 2015. State officials say they must move faster. Minnesota is leading the charge by filing a federal lawsuit.

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A privately funded group continues work on a fast-track plan to stop invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The group hopes to release its plan in January. The Detroit Free Press reports one of the options includes a series of barriers in the Illinois River to stop the destructive species from traveling from the Mississippi River through Chicago to Lake Michigan. Minnesota is part of a suit to force federal officials to speed up the effort to halt the fish before they spread further.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will come up with a short list of options for blocking the spread of the invasive fish by the end of next year. The Corps had earlier said the process would take until 2015. Asian carp have already invaded the Mississippi River watershed. Officials hope to keep them from migrating into the Great Lakes.

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