By Adam Carter, NewsRadio 830 WCCO 

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota DNR is blasting a move by the House Ways and Means Committee, which removed funding for upgrades to the Coon Rapids Dam on Wednesday.

It’s a move wildlife officials said will allow for the spread of invasive Asian Carp.

Deputy DNR Commissioner Dave Schad said the dam is the state’s best line of defense against the invasive Asian Carp.

“It’s really our last and best hope to prevent the (carp) from moving up into the Upper Mississippi basin,” he said.

The DNR was backing $16 million in upgrades for the dam, which would be used to repair the dam’s gates, improve its foundation and raise its height.

“It’s not an effective barrier now,” Schad said. “In high water times, the fish could easily breech the dam.”

Schad said time is of the essence, as the carp have already shown up in the Mississippi River at points south.

“It’s going to take a couple of years to get these improvements in place, and the threat is not going away.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Adam Carter Reports

Comments (6)
  1. Steve says:

    Thats right RePukes, cut funding to a project that protects Minnesota lakes and rivers. I don’t suppose that we will miss those millions of tourist dollars that sport fishing brings into the State. When the sport fish are gone because these scavengers have destroyed the fish’s habitat.

    Proven and demonstrated over and over again, Republicans do not serve the majority of Minnesotans, they serve only themselves and those like them. (Totally irresponsible greedy non christians who worship wealth above all else). This threatens all Minnesotans on so many levels. So when the only fish you can catch in any Minnesota lake or river is Asian carp. Responsibility for that condition will rest on the shoulders of those who decided that tax breaks for the super wealthy are more important than protecting one of the chief resources of revenue for the State. If you would prefer not to see this happen in Minnesota, don’t vote for people(??Republicans) who have demonstrated no respect for the well being of the State, or anyone living in Minnesota that doesn’t contribute to their (politician’s)campaign.

  2. Dave says:

    Hey – way to talk to people who might conceivably be persuaded to come over to your side. Idiot. You think I want to be part of any cause where I’d be associated with someone like you?

    “My friends are of a cleaner breed. Here comes – thank God! – another enemy!”
    -Edmond Rostand

  3. Dan says:

    I’ve had it with these Republicans. Talk about pennywise and pound foolish. My God, don’t any of them have any sense whatsoever? Failure to respond to this problem will cost our tourism industry dearly and forever! Lack of thinking like this has become the norm from this “free lunch” crowd.

    Vote them out!!!

  4. l says:

    The carp are probably already past the dam.

  5. Wang says:

    Asian beetle ,Asian carp……Asian invasion.

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