Millions more dollars to fight the war on Asian carp were approved by the U.S. Senate last week, and Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White is hopeful the measure will soon clear the House.
The legislation would appropriate $25 million to battle Asian carp that threaten aquatic biodiversity in Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and the area's outdoor economy. The bill also includes more than $9 million for the U.S. Geological Survey, which will support its work to combat the spread of the invasive species in western Kentucky lakes and in the Ohio River and Tennessee River basins.
"With local leaders like Judge Wade White, we're making real progress in the War on Carp in Kentucky," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a news release last Thursday announcing approval by the upper chamber of Congress.
White said the measure has the full support of 1st District Congressman James Comer.
On Friday, McConnell will be the featured speaker at a ceremony at Barkley Lock and Dam showcasing the deployment of a bio-acoustic fish fence to deter the spread of the Asian carp.