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Nolan urges Army Corps to step up AIS fight

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan on Wednesday urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to double down on efforts to combat the expansion of zebra mussels contaminating waters in Minnesota and across the United States.

Wednesday's call to action came in addition to following up on his 2014 mandate for the Army Corps to focus on aquatic invasive species, a news release from Nolan's office said.

All across the country—particularly in Minnesota and the 8th District—zebra mussels are contaminating waters and causing terrible damage, the release said. They are clogging pipes and irrigation systems, harming outdoor recreation and causing injuries, reducing shipping efficiency, and taking vital food sources from native species in addition to killing snails, clams, and loons through the spread of botulism.