University of Minnesota

University researcher and Corps of Engineers to announce successful installation of experimental Asian Carp sonic deterrent system at Lock & Dam 8

July 30, 2014

WHAT: Members of the media are invited to join University of Minnesota professor and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species (MAISRC) researcher Dr. Peter Sorensen and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they announce the successful installation of an underwater speaker system at Lock & Dam 8 near Genoa, Wis.               
WHO: Dr. Peter Sorensen, University of Minnesota and MAISRC; Russ Snyder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
WHEN: Monday, Aug.4, between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lock & Dam 8, Highway 35, Genoa, Wis. (16 miles south of La Crosse, Wis.)

This experimental system is designed to prevent Asian carp from swimming up the Mississippi River and is the first step in a multi-year effort to identify inexpensive and safe alternatives to significantly deter the upstream migration and establishment of these invasive species without affecting native fishes. This action will address threats to the St. Croix and Minnesota rivers, and southern pools of the Mississippi River, which remain vulnerable to the spread of Asian carp despite recent legislation requiring the closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis.

Sorensen and Army Corps Project Manager Russ Snyder will provide TV/radio/print interviews, with demonstrations and visual aids, by appointment. There will be no formal program.

Entry of visitors into the Lock & Dam area requires Army Corps of Engineers escort; event will occur rain or shine. Funding for this effort is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and private donations.

To schedule an interview, please contact: Patrick Moes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, (651) 366-7539 or Becca Nash, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, (612) 624-7785.


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