Illinois groups form coalition aimed at stopping Asian carp

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Several Illinois nonprofit groups have formed a new coalition aimed at stopping the spread of invasive species like the Asian carp from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes.

The Healthy Water Solutions coalition was announced Wednesday. Leaders say they hope to complement the work of federal and state agencies. They say one of their main issues will be advocating for reinvestment in the Chicago River system.

Asian carp were imported decades ago to the U.S. They migrated up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and are poised to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could out-compete native fish for food.

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