Minnesota Joins Iowa's Fight Against Invasive Carp

Windmill Manor resident Gertrude Gibson, 88, of Williamsburg reels in a fish with the help of physical therapist assistant Melissa Spores of Cedar Rapids while fishing in the lake at Kent State Park Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 near Tiffin. Employees of Windmill Manor and Consonus, a therapy company, had asked Gibson what she would do if there was one thing that she could do again and she said it would be fishing since she used to fish a lot with her late husband. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Rachel Begle

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) - Minnesota has decided to help finance Iowa efforts to keep invasive carp out of the Iowa Great Lakes.

The Des Moines Register says the Minnesota Natural Resources Department is providing $261,000 to help Iowa set up an electrical barrier atop Lower Gar Lake dam. The dam has an outlet to Mill Creek, which runs into the Little Sioux River. The river watershed includes several southwest Minnesota Lakes.

A temporary fence had been erected on an outlet at Lower Gar Lake to keep out the silver carp.

The carp reproduce quickly and consume large quantities of food. Experts fear the carp could crowd out native species and create ecological problems for Iowa's chain of glacial lakes.

The silver carp have been known to leap into skiers and boats.

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