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Published June 06, 2010, 06:29 PM

Permanent Solution For Devils Lake

The North Dakota game and fish department was using a chemical to keep carp from making their way from the Pembina River Basin into Devils Lake. Now, with help from local land owners, a dirt trail is being built up into a road to keep the fish out.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

"Carp disrupt the whole bottom end of the trophic food chain. They take out the plants, those small animals that young fish need," Lynn Schlueter with North Dakota Game and Fish says.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department was using a chemical to keep carp from making their way from the Pembina River Basin into Devils Lake.

"It's an ongoing expense, and like anything else, could fail," Schlueter says.

Now, with help from local land owners, a dirt trail is being built up into a road to keep the fish out.

"By putting this physical dirt barrier in there, it will prevent carp from getting through. It will physically divide the two watersheds," Schlueter says.

The Cavalier County Water Board, the Ramsey County Water Board, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the state Game and Fish Department are all working together with landowners to make sure the carp stay out of Devils Lake for good.

"Keeping them out is important for both recreation, and also that involves some of the economy in the area," Schlueter says.

Schlueter says the new road will be beneficial for more reasons than just stopping the carp.

"It's going to be wide enough you can get modern farm equipment down it, much easier to get vehicles down. It's a benefit to the township," Schlueter says.

Shlueter says once the building permits get cleared, bidding can start and then construction on the new road can begin.

"They're all working together for a real positive benefit from this project and it's what we need to see," Schlueter says.

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