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US Senate bill targets Asian carp in Ohio River

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two U.S. senators are introducing legislation requiring federal agencies to work together more closely to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Ohio River basin.

The measure proposed by Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania would designate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate federal actions dealing with the invasive carp in the region. Other agencies include the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

They would share technology with state and local agencies and provide an annual report to Congress on Asian carp movement in the Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers.

Brown said Wednesday the government should fight Asian carp in the rivers as diligently as it battles to keep them from reaching the Great Lakes.

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