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E-M:/ Groups to study separating Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins

Today, as more and more scientists say the best way to halt invasive species' expansion is to separate the two joined basins - a project that could cost billions of dollars - a group has embarked on a study to examine doing just that.

With $125,000 in funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission, the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes will spend the next year studying the feasibility of permanently separating the two watersheds.