$1 million carp barrier having impact in Iowa Great Lakes, officials say

Three years after two Asian carp were netted in East Lake Okoboji, officials believe they stopped the voracious aquatic invaders.

The invasive species swam into the lakes during flooding in 2011. One species, silver carp, poses a safety hazard due to its propensity for leaping from the water when startled.

Officials believe a $1 million electronic fish barrier should be enough to keep more Asian carp from entering the lake system and threatening the $300 million tourism industry. Officials believe the fish can’t reproduce in still lake waters, so keeping more carp from swimming in will protect the lakes from being overrun.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park 2014 was a beautiful day on Saturday, Aug. 2, with hundreds of people enjoying the 90+ artists. It was held at Preservation Plaza in Arnold’s Park and people could view paintings, photographs, pottery, etc. See our Facebook album of photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.765348010196353.1073741861.285576484840177&type=1