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Eric releasing a carp into the waterIt’s been a busy few months in the Six Mile Creek chain of lakes, where the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and its partners have been hard at work reducing the number of common carp that are in the system. It’s the first phase of one of the metro’s largest habitat restoration projects, funded by a $567,000 grant from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The focus of the restoration is the Six Mile Creek – Halsted Bay Subwatershed, which is the headwaters of Lake Minnetonka and includes five impaired lakes and Halsted Bay, Lake Minnetonka’s most degraded bay.

We are focusing on invasive common carp first because of the damage they cause and the availability of proven, cost-effective management strategies to control their numbers. Common carp uproot plants and stir up lake bottoms, which degrades habitat and releases nutrients that feed algae...

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