Installation of $16 million project to contain Asian carp begins this week

Asian carp
Silver carp in a tank Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.
MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson

Workers are installing huge steel gates at the Coon Rapids Dam this week in an effort to stop Asian carp from moving further upstream. The $16 million project is just one of several that biologists and conservationists are working on to stop the spread of this invasive species.

Steve Hirsch, director of the Ecological and Water Resources Division at the Department of Natural Resources, joined MPR's Tom Crann to talk about the ongoing efforts to contain Asian carp.

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