To close the lock is to pay a price

  • Article by: AL CHRISTOPHERSON
  • Updated: October 11, 2012 - 7:43 PM

Closing the lock at Upper St. Anthony Falls would do more than just inconvenience a few businesses, as the Star Tribune Editorial Board suggests.

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baselopeOct. 11, 12 8:22 PM

Hmmm... how about putting in enough of a water turbine to power an electric fense and shock the bejesus out of any fish traveling up that lock

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arspartzOct. 11, 12 9:53 PM

Perhaps all those trucks could just put their cargo on the new light rail.

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jackpine091Oct. 12, 12 7:19 AM

How about we just say to the heck with the environment and allow the carp to go unchecked all the way up to the lakes region. The only thing that matter is money, and the environment be damned. Thank you Mr. Christopherson

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edinawaterOct. 12, 12 7:35 AM

Before we make any transformational decisions, Minnesota needs to look at all the data and fully understand the total impact of our decisions.

This kind of kick the can down the road mentality where we make a decision later is the reason Asian carp have already spread up the Mississippi all the way to Minnesota.

We can be certain that Asian carp are already further North than we have so far found them. If we sit around waiting for a committee to investigate all the possible ramifications of closing the dam, the carp will migrate to the other side of the dam before the committee has issued an opinion.

If someone is stuck in a burning car you should not wait for them to burn up while you determine if it is safe to move them. In a situation where irreversible harm is imminent action needs to be taken before all the risks can be assessed. If it is later determined that closing the dam is not the best solution then it can be reopened.

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mn2niceOct. 12, 12 7:35 AM

What is missing from Mr. Christopherson's opinion piece are the un-named alternative solutions he suggests we pursue. All I see here is a critique of what has been proposed. I have not seen anyone saying this is THE solution, but rather one of several which could be pursued as part of an overall strategy to thwart the continued "migration" of this species upstream. Certainly there will be tradeoffs no matter what strategy is employed. The question is how we will balance those against the harm this species would cause to an ecosystem which cannot survive its presence.

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fanofcaribouOct. 12, 12 8:31 AM

What do the people of Keokuk Iowa, think of closing their lock? Probably the same thing Mr. Christopherson saying about the St Anthony Falls lock. I agree with an earlier post. Shut the lock, until another solution is found. A negative economic effect would light a fire under the committee looking for a better solution. And one other thing, the committee should be made up people who understand the whole problem and want to find a workable solution.

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samicideOct. 12, 12 8:38 AM

Would it really have that much of an impact? There are only (at the most) 2 miles navigable above St Anthony falls.

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privateeyeOct. 12, 12 8:45 AM

Ah, the wallet argument has weighed. Let me get mine and let the next generations worry about it. I see. Well, based on your numbers, if all those semis had to transport the goods, would they not have to pay taxes for fuel? Would the extra semis not employ drivers and workers to load and unload the goods? Just looking out for your own interests.

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huntnfarmOct. 12, 12 8:59 AM

Thank you Al for explaining the cost and impact of jobs. It is easy for me to say who cares about the jobs, because it is not my job. But you are right we are not in a world today where people can just go find another job. Also you make a good point about our roads and bridges. We are in need of some real infracture upgrades acrossed the state and shutting a portion of the river down will only make it worse. Edinawater you have a good point also. As an avid fisherman I do not want to have these invasive fish move in. But we need to not just worry about one watershed of MN, what about the reach of the MN River. That is why we need federal funding for barriers to be placed at lock 19, south of the MN border. Please tell your legislators that we need funding for lock 19. We do not need to choke off MN econmy.

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CayshedOct. 12, 12 9:12 AM

Hello, MN DNR? Hello? Anyone? Let's keep analyzing this, and debating it, rather than do anything about it. It's worked wonders so far. Unreal. Would the last one left at the DNR turn out the lights, please?

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