U.S. Sen. Al Franken is pressing key senators to find a way to fight an Asian carp invasion that threatens Minnesota waters.
He wants congressional approval to expand the Army Corps of Engineers’ authority so it can take emergency action to erect barriers and take other measures to fight the fish that can eat so much that native species lose their food sources.
The Minnesota Democrat sent a letter to senators in both parties asking for the change, saying Asian carp threatens the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry and thousands of jobs in the region.
Minnesota officials have plans to fight the carp’s northward spread, but they depend on the Corps of Engineers putting fish barriers in locks they control. Corps officials in Minnesota support the idea, but it appears there is too much red tape to do the work this year.