The effort to keep Asian carp out of Minnesota lakes is heating up, in the wake of the discovery of silver carp DNA as far upriver as Coon Rapids on the Mississippi River.
The Star Tribune reports that a coalition of conservation groups wants officials to permanently close the Mississippi River lock at the Twin Cities Ford Dam, in hopes of better protecting Mille Lacs and other fisheries. Should silver and bighead carp become established above the Twin Cities, they then could push into tributaries leading to popular recreation lakes.
The Star Tribune says this:
“When the Mississippi's chain of lock and dams closes for the winter, on Dec. 5, the one at the Ford dam should stay closed after ice-out until state and federal authorities adopt some long-term carp prevention strategy, the advocates said this week.
“The coalition will present its plan at Gov. Mark Dayton's next carp summit Dec. 20. It calls for short-term priorities to be enacted this winter, mid-term priorities to be completed over the next six to 18 months and long-term priorities for over 18 months.”