By Jason Hoppin, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday seconded a call for an emergency summit to find ways to protect the Great Lakes from an invasion of Asian carp.
Saying the invasive species threatens both ecological and economic interests, Pawlenty agreed with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s request for a meeting to discuss building a physical barrier to keep the fish out of the region. Pawlenty also sent a letter asking President Barack Obama to convene the summit.
An Asian carp was recently found near Lake Michigan, on the wrong side of an electric barrier designed to keep the fish out of the Great Lakes. Scientists are concerned the carp could disrupt habitat and fisheries in the Upper Midwest.
Both of Minnesota’s Democratic senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, are supporting proposed legislation expediting a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the problem.
— Jason Hoppin
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