Congress poised to barricade Mississippi River lock in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 8:30 PM

The controversial move to close the key passageway is aimed at halting the spread of invasive carp. Industry groups say gains would be minimal.

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bosshogSep. 19, 13 8:29 PM

$40 million pales in comparison to the damage the carp would do.

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teddygSep. 19, 13 8:53 PM

I'm confused. How can the carp get past the Coon Rapids dam, that's only 5 miles upstream? There are no significant waterways that tribute into the Mississippi between St. Anthony locks and Coon Rapids, correct? Enlighten us, please.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 19, 13 9:07 PM

Once the carp get North of the lock... We have lost and there will be no going back. However, If we close the lock and then find a better alternative which allowsthelock to open again, the jobs will come back.

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JRBSep. 19, 13 9:11 PM

Might already be too late, but this bill needs to be passed into law ASAP. Once it is, we need to keep pressing for similar action to protect the Minnesota and St. Croix rivers - ASAP!!! If we don't, it's inevitable that this horribly destructive invasive will spread all throughout our land of 10,000 lakes. Do it now before it's too late!!!

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supervon2Sep. 19, 13 9:15 PM

The carp are already other places for years and I don't hear them complaining.

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arspartzSep. 19, 13 9:41 PM

What about the commerce on those waterways?

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itsmyopinion47Sep. 19, 13 9:49 PM

Okay, I'm crazy but if you can't beat them then use them. Every species has a weakness and this fish leaps from the water when alarmed. I don't think any of our native species do that. Here's an idea for a new industry. Asian Carp Catcher Boats. Boats rigged with nets above the water that catch the carp as they jump. Cruising back and forth in the rivers, fisherman can reap a great harvest. These fish are edible but would also make great animal foods and fertilizer. Just send your checks to my account!

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commonsenserSep. 19, 13 9:53 PM

This bill needs a "sunset clause" in the event that it does not work. The company(s) that depend on the water route for income need to have adequate alternative commerce routes (be it private roads, docks or ?) provided to them at the expense of this program. Fair is fair.

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northhiSep. 19, 1310:03 PM

As a kid in the 50's I used to catch carp on the Mississippi near the Broadway bridge. Of course, they weren't Asian Carp, believe they were Iowan.

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janelle3Sep. 19, 1310:41 PM

Since there are only a few businesses that use the lock, how about buying them out, like we do with flood-prone properties. Maybe they can relocate farther downriver. I'm also for harvesting the carp. I heard these were a delicacy in China. Catch them, freeze them and send them over.

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