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The carp effect: Data show there’s way too many carp in Long Lake

LONG LAKE — Members of the Long Lake Waters Association thought there were a lot of common carp in Long Lake, but now they have scientific evidence proving there are more of the invasive fish than there should be. And it’s affecting water quality in the lake.

That’s according to preliminary data from the firm WSB, which contracted with the Long Lake Waters Association to tag and count common carp in Long Lake as part of the association’s effort to improve water quality in the entire Long Lake Creek Watershed.

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.