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The Carp Are Coming! The Carp Are Coming! (And they may already be here)

December 8, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on The Carp Are Coming! The Carp Are Coming! (And they may already be here)

Big news, perhaps historic news (although it’s being downplayed to some extent) today is that genetic testing of waters in the Mississippi River north of downtown Minneapolis has found DNA evidence of the presence of silver carp.

Read coverage here by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Public Radio, the Duluth News-Tribune, and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

National news coverage includes the Washington Post.

Yes, I’m giving you as many of the stories as I have found thus far because all have slightly different/more information and good information considering multiple perspectives will be at a premium in the days and weeks ahead.  The “Coon Rapids Dam” mentioned in so many of the stories was the subject of a quite controversial grant from the Minnesota legislature last spring; not everyone agrees that it would serve as an effective barrier to invasive silver carp, despite the assurances of the DNR (and nearby landowners who want the dam repaired to preserve the still water frontage near their house).

Stay tuned!

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