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They’re hee-ere…

March 21, 2012
The Journal

That line, delivered by the little girl in the movie "Poltergeist," held a dire warning for her family, about to be invaded by the spirit world.

It also holds a warning for Minnesotans who care about protecting the state's waterways from the invading asian carp species.

On March 5 a silver carp (the kind that leaps from the water when boat motors disturb it) and a bighead carp (it doesn't jump, but it does suck up huge amounts of plankton that other fish eat) were caught in the Minnesota River near Winona.

They're hee-ere

If we don't want them to be everywhere, the state must act, and act now, to prevent their spread. Other states farther downstream have failed to stop the spread of this invasive species by acting too slowly. Minnesota should learn from their example.

It is heartening to see the reaction of our state and national legislators, including Democrats Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Keith Ellison, and Republican Rep. Erik Paulson are pushing legislation in Congress to take action to limit their push, including shutting down locks in critical points in the Mississippi River. State legislators from both parties, at the urging of Gov. Mark Dayton, are working on measures to halt their spread.

We can only hope they are acting quickly enough. Some critics, like author of the letter below, feel that the state has waited too long and done too little, and that the the carp have caught us napping.

Be that as it may, the state is acting now, and it should move as quickly as possible to control this problem.



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