ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Local and national leaders on the front lines of the fight against Asian carp, Eurasian water milfoil and other aquatic invasive species will gather in St. Paul on Monday and Tuesday.

The Minnesota AIS Symposium is sponsored by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and other groups. Highlights include an appearance by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is sponsoring legislation to fight the spread of Asian carp, and a look at the economic impact of invasive species on tourism.

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Spokeswoman Telly Mamayek says officials, scientists and concerned citizens will be discussing the latest research on AIS management and possible next steps.

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The first day will focus on invasive plants such as flowering rush and curly leaf pondweed. The second day will focus on invasive animals such as Asian carp and zebra mussels.

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