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Senate Bill Approves Increased Funding To Fight West Ky. Asian Carp

USFWS Biologist Heidi Keuler leaves leaping silver carp in her wake.

  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has secured $11M to combat Asian Carp in west Kentucky waterways.

 McConnell said in a release Wednesday that a provision in a government funding bill directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to focus efforts on combating the invasive fish in Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the larger Mississippi and Ohio River Basins.

McConnell said with passage of the Senate bill, the state is one step closer to sending needed financial federal resources. He said the fish are a danger to the local economy and a safety hazard for anglers and boaters. The requested funding is $600K  more than previously requested. 

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