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Fighting invasive species from carp to zebra mussels like the one shown here is getting a boost from amendments to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, signed into law this week. FORUM NEWS SERVICE

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Fighting the advance of invasive species in Minnesota got a boost from changes to the federal Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which governs the use of the nation’s waterways.


A key change came in expanding the invasive species definition to include animals, as well as plants, opening the way for more resources in preventing invasive carp and zebra mussels from spreading.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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