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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Momentum is building in Congress to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis to protect Minnesota's northern waters from invasive Asian carp.

A U.S. House panel decided Thursday to incorporate the lock closure into legislation funding ports and water projects across the nation. The water resources bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support.

River industry groups are fighting the lock closure. They say closing the lock will hurt the region's economy and do little to stop the northern advance of Asian carp.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota tells the Star Tribune he's not sure closing the lock will work, but says he feels "we have to try to do something."

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources supports the closing.

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