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Indiana finishes marsh fence to stop Asian carp

October 24, 2010 at 01:12 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana authorities say they’ve finished work on a 1,177-foot chain-link fence designed to keep Asian carp from crossing into the Great Lakes in the event of flooding.

Experts say flooding might let Asian carp cross from the Wabash River system into the Maumee River, which enters Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio. That could threaten the Great Lakes’ $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.

The project involves an 8-foot-tall fence held together by 123 posts and 120 concrete barriers in the Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the project cost less
than the budgeted $200,000. The money comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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