New gates installed at Coon Rapids Dam to stop Asian carp

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 22, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Two of nine new gates have been installed so far in a $16 million makeover to prevent Asian carp from getting above the dam, should they reach the area.

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batman50Oct. 21, 13 8:43 PM

Oh thank god. Problems solved now. ;-/ I would bet you could take that 16 mil and lay it on top of the old dam in a pile and keep just as many carp from getting through as what they are doing to it now.

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candcduluthOct. 21, 1310:00 PM

I read about some chef cooking these fish and pronouncing them quite good; does anyone else have an opinion on how they taste?

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thisislameOct. 21, 1310:01 PM

This won't deter the real problem....people. Some kids will just catch a few then release them downstream because it is "funny".

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rshacklefordOct. 21, 1310:47 PM

There is only one reason why $16 million was wasted to do this: to keep the property values of those living on shoreline above the dam as high as possible. The carp will be leaping around their "recreational pool" soon enough though. Again, this was a political project, not one that even the DNR engineers and scientists said would truly stop the problem. It is unfortunate that neither park system (ie on each bank) has any specialists in this invasive species stuff that would easily back-up the DNR specialists.

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rshacklefordOct. 21, 1310:56 PM

(candcduluth wrote): "I read about some chef cooking these fish and pronouncing them quite good; does anyone else have an opinion on how they taste?" ---- Stop down there any day of the week because there are a ton of fishermen catching them right at the bottom of the dam's "falls." They would know and likely gladly share their knowledge. They have been fishing at that location for years and years. It is pretty much the whole reason for the park existing too. Well, there is an unnamed artificial (manmade) lake there too.

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couleeOct. 21, 1311:42 PM

This is a real waste of money. Will somebody be liable for this decesion in a couple years when the carp are on the other side . Believe or not I am not right wing but a liberal that does not like to waste money.

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walranger5Oct. 22, 13 5:59 AM

Did any of you guys go to the meeting where Duane Chapman Asian carp expert said they can be controlled by native predators? U of M Oct 8th. How many barriers can we afford to build? We can afford to restore native predators they work for food. Barriers only control one spot, and do not reduce the population. Predators would control the entire waterbody and reduce the population. I'm just saying, if the top expert says????? Hard to survive a spawn in a crowd!

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daveparkOct. 22, 13 6:37 AM

@thisislame - They would have to release them upstream for it to create a problem but I agree it could happen that way.

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stpaulisbestOct. 22, 13 7:34 AM

When the first asian carp is spotted past the dam will we get our 16 million back? Yes?

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olneymacOct. 22, 13 7:50 AM

But they will close the St. Anthony Falls locks to rehab the North Minneapolis area for upscale condos and apartments to prevent the carp to get that far. Also you can't catch these carp, they are filter feeders and can only be netted. Maybe you could snag them with a treble hook.

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