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Battle to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes expands to Erie tributaries

Chicago remains ground zero for efforts to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

But federal and state agencies also are concentrating efforts to block potential connections between the Mississippi River watershed, where the carp are plentiful, and the Great Lakes.

That includes at least two spots leading to Lake Erie, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official said Wednesday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in downtown Buffalo.

Last year, a berm was finished in Northern Indiana to block Asian carp from getting from the Wabash River to the Maumee River, which drains into Lake Erie at Toledo, said Bill Bolen, an EPA senior adviser.

Bolen said another potential connection will be cut off at the Little Killbuck Creek southwest of Cleveland in the next two years.

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