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Spring Lake Carp Survey & Management Plan:
select management strategies for rough fish

A management plan was created to address water quality improvements for lakes within the Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District.  Part of this plan involved the assessment of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) populations within select lakes of the watershed.  

Carp present a barrier to improving water quality since they re-suspend lake sediments which release phosphorus back into the water column, contributing to algal growth.  The initial phase of the Spring Lake Carp Management Plan included a population survey and the calculation of the carp's reproductive capacity which will be used to inform the design and implementation of various carp management strategies.

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