For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013
Christine Goepfert, Upper Midwest Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 612.270.8564
Marc Smith, Senior Policy Manager, National Wildlife Federation, 734.255.5413
by: Stop Carp Coalition
Coalition Applauds Amendment to Close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock
The Stop Carp Coalition thanks Senator Klobuchar for bringing us one step closer to fighting the threat of Asian carp in our Minnesota waters. The Senator’s amendment to the Water Resources Development Act, cosponsored by Senator Al Franken, would close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock within a year to help stop the spread of Asian carp further upstream.
This news comes in the wake of a recent catch less than 100 miles upstream of this lock. Just this week, an angler bow-fishing on the Mississippi River shot one of the four species of Asian Carp (grass carp) that had potentially viable eggs. Further downstream, fishermen have captured several live Asian carp on the Mississippi River, with the most recent catch just south of Winona in February 2013. It is clear these invasive species are making their way up the river, and we must close this lock to protect upstream waters. We know they are here and we must do all we can to stop this northward invasion of Minnesota’s waters.
This Amendment provides us with one of the necessary tools in this fight against Asian carp. In the meantime, we must continue to support research of the species to uncover their vulnerabilities and target areas further downstream where we can install deterrents that will help protect the St. Croix and Minnesota River basins.
In addition to the lock closure provision, a separate amendment was approved by the Senate late last week that establishes a comprehensive strategy to combat Asian carp in the Mississippi River and Ohio River basins by creating a federal multi-agency effort led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Both measures will aid us in our fight against Asian carp.
About Stop Carp Coalition: The Stop Carp Coalition is a group of more than 20 groups representing sportsmen and women, private property owners, anglers, conservation and environmental organizations that is collaborating to bring attention to the Asian Carp issue in Minnesota, educate the public and elected officials about impacts to our environment and economy, mobilize our combined thousands of members and supporters, and advocate for quick and strategic initiatives to slow and/or stop the invasion of these harmful invasive species in Minnesota waters. Member organizations include: Anglers for Habitat, Audubon Minnesota, Central Minnesota Audubon Society, Clean Water Action – Minnesota, Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance, Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Mississippi River, FM Walleyes Unlimited, Inc., Izaak Walton League of America – MN Division, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA), Minnesota Conservation Federation, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, Minnesota Trout Association, Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Mississippi River Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen, St. Croix River Association, and Wilderness Inquiry. For more information, visit: http://www.stopcarp.org