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Asian carp prevention efforts talk in Green Bay from top White House advisor


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) -The White House's top advisor on the invasive Asian carp spoke in Green Bay about prevention efforts in Lake Michigan.

Since 1996, Asian carp have been spotted sporadically in Wisconsin waters along the Mississippi River border.

But in the past 3 years, the federal government has spent $150 million to protect the Great Lakes from the fish.

"It's a cooperative effort of federal staff and local agencies," Asian Carp Director John Goss told FOX 11. "I believe that we do have a definite block working in Chicago that's working with the electrical barriers. It's helped us to buy a little bit of time to work on the long term solution."

Goss spoke about the issue at the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in downtown Green Bay Wednesday afternoon.

Goss says 11 areas in Wisconsin have been identified as possible pathways to the lake from the Mississippi River Basin.

"There were more connections in the state of Wisconsin as far as the other possible pathways, so we're certainly trying to eliminate all those, hopefully won't have any big trouble spots," Goss said.

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release its recommendations for those areas later this year.

Goss says agencies have found evidence of Asian carp near the St. Croix Falls in Western Wisconsin not far from the Twin Cities.