DNR Tests MN Waterways for Asian Carp

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2011 Updated Sep 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The effort to put a stop to Asian Carp from entering Minnesota's waterways continued on the Mississippi River.

National Park Service Crews and the DNR collected water samples Thursday to test the presence of Asian Carp.

The new round of testing is being done in the Mississippi, St. Croix, and Minnesota Rivers.

The goal is to determine the presence and distribution of invasive Asian carp in the rivers.

"A lot of times these fish will congregate below a damn as it's kind of a stopping point for them. So, if there are fish that have migrated up here they'd be hanging out in this area. So, that is one area you want to sample pretty good," said Nicholas Bloomfield a USFWS Biological Tech.

The first round of sample results should be available by Mid-October.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen