Trump Administration To Aid Kentucky In War On Asian Carp

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United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday a national organization has agreed to deploy the “Unified Method” to help in the removing of Asian Carp on area lakes.

McConnell’s office says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will deploy the method on Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake to help diminish the effects on the invasive species. McConnell adds this is a major step forward for the state’s War on Asian Carp.

Lyon County Judge/Executive Wade White notes Senator McConnell went to bat for western Kentucky when he took the time to recognize the problem and use his experience to bring solutions.

The announcement comes on the heels of a meeting with McConnell and members of President Donald Trump’s administration that took place on May 28 in Calvert City. During the meeting, the “Unified Method” was discussed with elected officials and community leaders. The method involves corralling Asian Carp into one location using electronic technology and extracting the fish from the water with special nets. The United States Geological Survey says the technique has been successful in controlling populations of the fish in nearby states such as Illinois and Missouri.

McConnell helped to secure $11 million during the 2019 fiscal year to help in efforts to combat Asian Carp in the Mississippi and Ohio River basins, which include Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.