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Klobuchar, Ellison Give Update on Closing St. Anthony Falls Lock

Updated: 05/27/2014 11:32 AM
Created: 05/27/2014 7:16 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday gave an update on the fight against invasive species and their movement through the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock.

In a provision in the final water infrastructure bill passed by Congress, officials would be able to close the locks within a year. Some wildlife experts say closing it would prevent the invasive Carp from swimming further into the river.

The provision, authored by Klobuchar and Rep. Keith Ellison, has bipartisan support from Minnesota legislators. It has also been endorsed by Sen. Al Franken and Reps. Erik Paulsen, Tim Walz and Rick Nolan. 

The lock, built in 1963, is situated on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. At 49 feet, the dam is one of the highest on the Mississippi River, according to the National Parks Service.  

Klobuchar was joined by Ellison at the locks Tuesday morning to talk about the Congressional action.

The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam
Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

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