Anderson: DNR cheating taxpayers on keeping out Asian carp

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2013 - 12:13 AM

There are easier and cheaper solutions that would keep the fish out of northern Minnesota.

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fackerJan. 10, 13 9:04 PM

And a far better solution to water quality problems in Minnesota is restoring wetlands...but that ain't happening Dennis. This is politics as usual and has nothing to do with the DNR when the elephant in the room has to be ignored for 'economic' reasons!

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justaxnspendJan. 10, 13 9:14 PM

Now Dennis, we both know it's not real money... It's taxpayers money.

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ralphwiggamJan. 10, 13 9:34 PM

Gee Dennis- Your story talks about the DNR cheating taxpayers but you use the picture of Woody Jaspersen cheating the State. It's illegal to operate a boat in the watercraft exclusion zone below the lock; perhaps you shouldn't use poachers to help illustrate your point.

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Thumper5316Jan. 10, 13 9:42 PM

And the paper is writing about only the DNR?? Laughable.

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garcialaterJan. 10, 13 9:58 PM

Good article, sir. Thank you.

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benedict636Jan. 10, 1310:04 PM

Closing a navigable waterway is no small matter. I believe navigable rivers should be kept open for all. I have Lake property is North Central Minnesota. If the carp can populate themselves that easily, then lets have fish people can take without limit. The Asians say that are good for eating and hold them in high regard. I don't fish, but I constantly hear moaning about slot and fishing limits. So lets have a fish with no limits

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stanbobJan. 10, 1310:09 PM

of course if they close that lock there is no way in the world that the carp could come in any other way. need some creative thinking here as it stands its nothing but a complete waste of money.

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zahnsJan. 11, 1312:18 AM

Dennis, thanks for your insight. Keep pushing this.

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angleworm99Jan. 11, 13 6:17 AM

Mr. Anderson makes many great points and this is typical of DNR spending. They are willing to spend millions of dollars on something that will DETER but not stop most of the Asian Carp. Several years ago the Cambridge DNR decided to remove rock and rubble from a section of the Rum River in Cambridge. They spent thousands of dollar bringing in a crane, eliminated a section of rapids, and destroyed shoreline vegetation without any attempt to replant. The area used to include a 24' "hole" downstream of the rapids that provided outstanding Walleye, Smallmouth and Pike fishing. It has now evolved into a muddy slough with no gamefish. As a sportmen whose retired father has worked for the DNR, I could elaborate for hours on the tay payer money they have wasted over the years. This project will top them all.

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allhailfsmJan. 11, 13 8:25 AM

Nothing will stop the fish, or the milfoil or the zebra mussels from extending their range.

Most of the owners of waterfront property do everything they can to close waters to public access because of Milfoil and Zebra Mussels.

Why should the general taxpayer be on the hook to delay the Carp invasion? Are we supposed to pay to protect waterfront property from a natural threat, even while we are blocked from access to it?

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