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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
Photo: A. Muir/GLFC
The quest to find and fund effective methods for stopping the invasion of Asian carp into Minnesota is progressing on several fronts:
October 25th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., John Anfinson of the National Park Service (and an FMR board member) will lead an engaging presentation and panel discussion about the invasive carp's negative impact on the ecological, recreational and economic health of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This is a great opportunity to learn about the looming Asian carp invasion, dive into some of the details and even weigh in on controversial proposals like closing the locks in Minneapolis.
The presentation, an Upper River Forum, focus on potential strategies to slow or stop the spread of Asian carp, including the possibility of closing Lock #1 and the Upper Lock at St. Anthony. A Q&A session with a panel of river management and policy experts will follow. Panelists will include representatives from the Upper Mississippi Waterway Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Minnesota DNR, Audubon Minnesota and the National Park Service.
For details and directions, please see the Asian carp forum event page.
FMR is keeping a close eye on this important issue. Watch for updates in Mississippi Messages on forthcoming eDNA test results, action plan efforts and the emerging coalition of non-profit organizations advocating to protect Minnesota's waters from Asian carp.
For more information on the upcoming forum or on this issue in general, please contact Irene Jones, FMR's River Corridor Program Director at 651-222-2193 ext. 11 or through our contact form.
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