Rep Denny McNamara Capitol update: How to stop the spread of Asian carp?

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 2/22/2013

Hello from the State Capitol,

As Republican lead of our House Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Finance Committee, one of the biggest issues we are debating this session is how to stop the spread of Asian carp along the Mississippi River.

Because the carp are so destructive to ecosystems, the concern is it could destroy Minnesota’s fishing, boating and tourism industries. Stopping them is a top environmental priority, but it’s been tough to reach agreement on how to stop them. The carp have already been found in southeastern Minnesota, so we need to take action now as they continue to move north.

I recently took part in another of Governor Dayton’s carp summits. I am pleased to say we came to an agreement to push the DNR to seriously look at using an electric barrier in Lock and Dam #1 in St Paul as a way to help prevent them from reaching into many of our lakes and rivers. Giving the carp an electric shock looks to be a cost effective way to stop their spread and is nearly 99 percent effective. We just don’t know if we can get the Corp of Engineers, the federal government agency that operates the locks, to grant approval to use electricity in the lock and dam system.

Lawmakers on all sides are working hard on this issue, and I appreciate the leadership Senator Klobuchar and other members of Congress have shown on this issue.

In other news, my annual session survey has been sent and should be arriving in your mailbox soon. If you do not receive it, you can visit my House webpage at and click on click on “2013 Legislative Survey,” or you simply click here and fill it out.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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