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TESTING THE WATERS of Big Detroit Lake is Mississippi State University researcher John Madsen, who was checking dissipation levels of red dye to determine the amount of herbicide still in the water. Madsen and two other researchers are studying which herbicide works best on certain aquatic invasive species.

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John Madsen knows all too well the nasty effects invasive species can have on lakes -- it's what the Mississippi State University researcher does for a living.

That's why the Pelican River Watershed District contracted his services, along with a researcher from Concordia College in Moorhead and a representative from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The crew was in town last week to find out more about aquatic invasive species in the lakes region.

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