Professor proposes invasive species research center for U

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2012 - 7:25 AM

Carp expert told legislators foreign critters are destroying Minnesota's environment and outdoor heritage.

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yathinksoJan. 5, 12 8:38 PM

Just as long as taxpayers don't foot the bill.

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mathguy57Jan. 5, 12 9:35 PM

Based on the article, this seems like a well considered proposal. Clearly research is needed, and the State of Minnesota and the U of MN would seem to be the ideal spot. In addition, over time these research centers often create new technologies that could result in new industries, as well as protecting our existing economic base that depend on these vital natural resources.

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jrswanJan. 5, 12 9:42 PM

I propose severe financial and property confiscation penalties for transporting invasive species. We all know that big fines are the only thing that will work. Everything else is a scam.

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cjohnstonJan. 5, 12 9:53 PM

Biological control is the only viable long-term solution. Fish barriers? They will figure a way around them. Even so, not likely to eradicate them. Just like purple loosestrife or buckthorn or dandelions. Part of the new normal, I'm afraid.

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rshacklefordJan. 5, 1211:31 PM

"Sorensen suggested the money could come from state lottery or Legacy Amendment proceeds or other state sources and possibly also from private industry." You can start by taking the $16 MILLION that is going to be wasted on the Coon Rapids Dam. A project that the DNR and now even Sorensen says isn't going to do anything to stop the carp. My recommended solution has always been genetic and/or biological, not a physical barrier (again, like Sorensen is saying). Anoka County apparently likes to waste money though and its politicians still must feel more educated than DNR scientists and now U of MN professors, huh?

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Thumper5316Jan. 5, 1211:33 PM

Seems that 'normal' is that everything must remain the same. What ever happened to their precious science of evolution?

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inrealityJan. 6, 12 1:06 AM

I'd like the professor to address the fact that we wouldn't enjoy the ecosystem we have today if things didn't change over time and why we should suddenly think that we can stop our ever changing world. Would he rather have dinosaurs roaming around? Does he know that some of the species we enjoy today were "exotic" at points in the past? It is absurd to think we can stop our ecosystem from changing. This plan for yet another government expenditure is nothing more than our government finding more ways to expand itself and another batch of dollars that will be wasted on something that isn't needed. We have plenty of money and buildings now to perform what we need done... in fact, we have too much. I suggest to the professor that the school system prioritize their money differently if this is so important.

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mulefarmJan. 6, 12 6:51 AM

Obviously he hasn't been to western Mn to see the damage tiling has done. We have destroyed more of the environment than all of the invasive species combined!

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whataboutmeJan. 6, 12 8:30 AM

yathinkso, all that money is taxpayer money, thats how everything is run and done in the state, rather see it go to research than fringe art projects

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fishanhunt2Jan. 6, 12 9:06 AM

All this hysteria about Invasive Species or Aquatic Nuisance species? Before we go and start spending more tax payer dollars on ANS? how about asking some realistic questions? Has even one invasive species been stopped in other parts of the U.S.? In spite of all good intentions and money spent to do so? As a nation we failed initially in not enacting better controls and shutting the gate before the horses got out. Now it is too late. Sad to say but that is what the cold hard reality of ANS has been anywhere else. Much as we would like to believe it, Minnesota is not the nucleus of the world. Our state dumping more money into curbing ANS will not stop the invertible. I sincerely wish it wasn't so.

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