The Minnesota DNR reports a Silver carp was caught in Pool 2 on October 1st, which comes on the heels of three other catches in Pool 2, a Bighead on September 16th at the mouth of the St. Croix, and a Silver and Bighead in July of this year.
The Army Corps operates the locks on the Mississippi River and is seeking comments by Wednesday, October 22nd about the operation of Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam #1 (both above Pool 2). If we reduce the number of times the locks are opened to traffic, we reduce the opportunity for Invasive carp to move upstream. Please tell the Corps that we must protect the Mississippi River from Invasive Carp by operating Lock #1 at Level 6, by appointment only. More info on the public comment period can be found here.
- Congress Passes Water Infrastructure Bill that Will Help Fight Invasive Carp in Minnesota Waters. Read the Coalition’s statement here.
- Read the Stop Carp Coalition Press Statement on new federal legislation that will help us in fight against invasive carp here.
- NEW POSTER! As a river user, you can help keep our doors shut to invasive Asian carp by enjoying one pool and not using the locks. Each time a lock is opened, there is the potential for invasive carp to travel with you further upstream. By reducing the number of times these “doors” are opened, we reduce the ability for invasive carp to move further upstream. Please help get the word out! The Coalition recently released a poster with the message “Don’t Use the Locks!” You can download the poster to hand out here. Help us protect Minnesota’s waters from this invasive species threat!
.THE DANGERS OF ASIAN CARP
A threat to our way of life in Minnesota.
Asian carp have arrived in Minnesota, and they pose a very real hazard to the health of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Asian carp represent a triple threat to Minnesota: they outcompete native species and take over entire aquatic ecosystems; they are dangerous to boaters and other water recreation activities; and they have the potential to dramatically impact the $4 billion water recreation economy by affecting tourism, fishing, and waterfront property values.
The Mississippi River provides a critical path for Asian carp to invade lakes and rivers across the state, including the St. Croix and Minnesota Rivers, and prized fishing spots like Lake Mille Lacs. Their advancement this far upstream portends a real threat that they could make a permanent home here, and even advance into the Great Lakes. Read on!
A problem we can solve.
The Minnesota Asian Carp Coalition is advocating a Stop – Slow – Control approach to solve the Asian carp invasion. Stop the Asian carp from advancing further upstream by closing the locks in Minneapolis. Slow them down by installing deterrent barrier technologies and modifying lock operations. Control them by researching, developing, and implementing technologies that safely eradicate the carp. Immediate action must be taken to protect Minnesota’s signature sky blue waters. Read on!
How you can help.
Now is the time to take action to protect Minnesota’s waters and quality of life. We cannot afford to delay finding a solution to this complex problem. There are several steps you can take: sign on to the Minnesota Asian Carp Coalition’s ”Call to Action,” ask your elected officials to support the Mississippi CARP Act Bill, educate yourself and others, stay tuned for more action alerts from the Coalition, and support our member groups with a tax-deductible donation. If you boat or fish on the river, make sure to avoid using the locks and be on the lookout for Asian carp. Read on!