Dayton asks Congress for help with invasive carp

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ST. PAUL, Minn.—

Gov. Mark Dayton outlined an urgent case Monday for stopping invasive Asian carp from spreading widely in Minnesota’s waters, convening a summit where he said the state will need help from Congress and where officials discussed whether a Mississippi River lock and dam in Minneapolis should be permanently closed.

At the meeting billed as a “carp summit,” the first-term Democratic governor said the state risks running out of time to block the spread after scientists last month found DNA evidence of Asian carp in the St. Croix River along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Dayton’s draft action plan calls on Congress to grant authority for emergency dam closures if invasive carp are found downstream. Other measures are also on the table, such as an air-bubbling barrier at the St. Croix mouth.

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