Asian carp photo by Paul RisterWESTERN KENTUCKY (7/10/18) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell successfully secured a provision in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill to combat the spread of Asian carp in both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in western Kentucky. 

McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the provision in the Interior Appropriations Bill that has passed the Committee and now must be approved by the full Senate.
 
McConnell’s language directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to focus its efforts on combatting the serious threat of Asian carp in both Kentucky lakes. The legislation also provides $11 million dollars -- a $600,000 increase from last year’s enacted level — for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to control Asian Carp in both lakes and the larger Mississippi and Ohio River Basins.
 
“Fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry in Kentucky, pumping an estimated $1.2 billion into the Western Kentucky economy alone. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are popular fishing areas that are being threatened by the existence and the spread of Asian carp, and we must protect them. Not only are these fish a danger for the local economy, they are also a safety hazard for anglers and boaters,” McConnell said.  “There are a number of important priorities that come before the Senate, but as Senate Majority Leader, I am able to bring a national focus right here to Western Kentucky to protect our vital interests.
 
“I was proud to work with Lyon County Judge/Executive Wade White who continues to be a leader on this issue in the community. I also appreciate Marshall County Judge/Executive Kevin Neal and his staff for relaying their concerns regarding the spread of Asian carp in the area,” said McConnell. “I will continue to work closely with them and other community leaders as we move this legislation through Congress.’
 
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