Lecture on common carp set Sept. 18

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Common carp
Photo: Minnesota DNR

Asian carp, those giant, jumping fish that have moved up the Mississippi River in recent years and are threatening to enter the Great Lakes at Chicago, get all the media attention these days. But common carp, the kind that first were introduced into Minnesota lakes in about 1900, do immense damage to lakes and native plants, fish and wildlife every year.

The Rice Creek Watershed District will host a public workshop on common carp, and their effect on wildlife and water quality from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the auditorium of Mounds View


High School.

Two experts on the negative impacts of the common carp —┬áDr. Peter Sorensen of the University of Minnesota and Ann Geisen of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will talk about carp history, biology and their impacts on waterfowl and water quality.

To learn more about common carp, check out the DNR web page.