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6,000 Pounds of Invasive Carp Pulled from Silver Lake
Silver Lake, which straddles the border of Anoka and Ramsey counties, was designated “impaired” by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency because of elevated phosphorus levels, which fuel algae blooms.

The invasive carp eat aquatic vegetation and stir up sediment on the lake bottom, releasing phosphorus in the water and lowering the water quality.

Professional fishermen spent some time on Silver Lake with no catch limits for the trip in an effort to remove the carp. Fishermen pulled more than 1,100 fish out of the water in one day, about 6,000 pounds worth of fish.



 
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The Beginning of an Invasion - At least three mats of hydrilla have been located, which Bob Johnson, retired Cornell University biology professor says can grow up to a foot a day, creating dense mats from bottom to surface in water up to 25 feet deep. Hydrilla fragments can easily be transported by boats and boat trailers which can sprout roots and establish new populations.


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