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Mobile lab makes it easier to test water for carp


ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Trying to prevent the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes is a major task and its made easier thanks to a one of a kind mobile filtering lab.

It's based in Michigan and travels to all of the Great Lakes, where ever crews are working to test the carp population.

People working in the lab take large jugs of water from collection crews and filter them down to just a small tube.

The small tube is sent to the newly built Whitney Genetics Lab, in Onalaska, for testing.

"We can take it to wherever we're doing the water collection," Chris Olds, Fish Biologist said. "So we don't have to rely on a lab facility having the necessary power supply or equipment for us this has everything housed with in the trailer."

The mobile lab can be fully disinfected before they begin working, which cuts back on sample contamination.

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