Coalition Advocacy

Advocacy-Update

February 2, 2016 – Stop Carp Coalition urges MN DNR to remain committed to the fight against invasive Asian Carp in Minnesota waters

Read the Coalition’s Letter here.

June 9, 2015 – Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Closure Offers Critical Step for Combatting Invasive Asian Carp; Protects State’s Waters Upstream

January 23, 2015 – Comments on DRAFT Environmental Assessment – Closure of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to Commercial and Recreational Navigation Traffic

October 22, 2014 – Comments regarding Levels of Service Changes for Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam 1

May 22, 2014 – Passage of the Water Infrastructure Bill Will Help Fight Invasive Carp in Minnesota Waters

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement here.

May 13, 2014 – Stop Carp Coalition Applauds Final Water Infrastructure Bill that Includes New Tool to Help Fight Invasive Carp in Minnesota’s Waters

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement here.

Spring 2014 – Stop Carp Coalition Distributes New Posters to Raise Awareness about Invasive Asian Carp

View the Stop Invasive Carp Poster here.

December 15, 2014 – Stop Carp Coalition Urges $4 million to Fund USFWS Asian Carp Leadership in 2016

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement here.

October 24, 2013 – Stop Carp Coalition Applauds Provisions in the House WRRDA Bill that Help Fight the Threat of Asian carp in Minnesota waters

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement here.

August 7, 2013 – Minnesota voters concerned about Asian carp invasion: 63% of Minnesotans support lock closure

The Stop Carp Coalition released today the results of a statewide poll conducted in June that show Minnesotans are concerned about the threat of Asian carp to our waters and want action taken.  63% support closing locks in Minneapolis to stop the invasive fish.  Please see the Coalition press release here and the poll analysis here.

The poll was funded by the McKnight Foundation.  Given the severe public threat posed to Minnesota’s waterways and lakes, the McKnight Foundation’s board has approved special support for this unique effort which lies outside the foundation’s formal grant strategies.

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May 16, 2013 – Stop Carp Coalition Applauds Amendment to Close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement in response to Senator Klobuchar’s successful amendment on the closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock.

April 4, 2013 – Stop Carp Coalition urges continued vigilance in Asian Carp fight

Read the Coalition’s Press Statement in response to the latest eDNA results here.

February 22, 2013 – This year, both Congress and the Minnesota Legislature are actively considering approaches to stopping the spread of Asian carp in Minnesota. To fully stop carp, both bodies have a role to play:

State officials must lead the way on urgent priorities…

On February 24th, the Stop Carp Coalition called state officials to prioritize a few urgent actions to stop the progressing threat of Asian carp. First, we must take steps toward the closure of locks at two key dams – specifically the Ford Dam and St. Anthony Falls.  Those closures would offer a total barrier against carp continuing upstream on the Mississippi and into a wide swath of other Minnesota lakes and rivers. Second, on waterways where no dam can provide a total barrier, deterrent technologies should be employed to slow the spread of carp.
Read the coalition’s letter to legislative leaders here!
Read the coalition’s fact sheet for the Legislature! (February 20th version)

 …and Congress must pass the Upper Mississippi CARP Act!

The Coalition’s February 14th letter to Congressional sponsors of the Upper Mississippi CARP Act underscored the Coalition’s broad support for this effort, and the urgent need to close locks at the Ford Dam (Lock & Dam #1) and at St. Anthony Falls.
Read the coalition’s letter to the bills sponsors here!

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