asian carp

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken boarded the “Magnolia Blossom” late last week in St. Paul and the cruise ship left her marina slip on the Mississippi River to head upstream to Lock and Dam No. 1 at the Ford Plant in St. Paul. The creamy-surfaced river, swollen by recent rains, […]

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‘We need to do this now,’ Hackbarth says by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A House natural resources committee on Wednesday, Feb. 1 heard a legislative proposal from Rep. Tom Hackbarth that could place three electronic barriers on the Mississippi River to block the spread of Asian carp. Hackbarth, a Republican from Cedar whose legislative […]

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Testing method is decades old, reliable by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Although some warn against overacting to the recent eDNA-positive test results for silver Asian carp in the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, a research professor from the University of Notre Dame warns against ignoring them. Christopher Jerde, research assistant professor at the Environmental […]

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Debate continues over control measure sites by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Sources of potential funding and a dispute over where such dollars could best be spent surfaced during Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s third Asian carp summit on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the State Capitol. The state’s current two-year action plan for thwarting the advancing […]

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$16 million solution for dam has been proposed by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter The importance of the Coon Rapids Dam in the state’s Asian carp prevention efforts should soon become clearer. Recently, a total of 50 water samples, half from above the century old dam, half below, were taken and are now being analyzed […]

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by Ron Hustvedt, Jr. Asian Carp are advancing into Minnesota as I write this, spreading into the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers to wreck all sorts of havoc on native fish populations and create new dangers for recreational boaters. There’s an article on the Star News website (http://erstarnews.com/2011/08/30/asian-carp-present-longterm-challenge-to-state-officials/) about Minnesota’s efforts to control Asian carp […]

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By T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Federal researchers hope to perfect a designer application process for poisoning Asian carp while sparing other forms of aquatic life. But Mark Gaikowski, supervisory biologist at the federal Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, WI., doesn’t believe an overall curative exists for eliminating the invading species. Looking […]

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