Part of the St. Joseph River will be closed next week in Berrien County. The closure will allow the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to conduct what's called an Early Detection and Prudent Response field exercise looking for invasive Asian carp. The river will be closed along a two-mile stretch from the DNR's Jasper Dairy boating access site in Berrien County on September 10 and 11. More than 30 employees will be taking part in the project. They will be tagging and releasing common carp and black buffalo on Tuesday and try to re-collect the fish on Wednesday. The St. Joseph River was chosen for the project because it's the first major river system that fish would encounter coming up the Michigan shoreline from the Chicago Area Waterway System. Asian carp have been found within 62 miles of Lake Michigan in that system.
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