Funds sought for study on how chemicals in Minnesota lakes affect fish

One of many proposals seeking money from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources asks for $297,000 to fund a research project on chemicals in rivers and lakes and their effect on fish.

Dr. Richard Kiesling, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Thursday that the study would examine the effect of endocrine-active chemicals on fish reproductive systems, reports the House Information Service.

An earlier study in Canada showed that endocrine-active compounds present in water over a two- to three-year period caused the loss of egg production in fathead minnows, Kiesling said.

The study would be conducted on yellow perch, blue gills and fathead minnows near an island between La Crosse, Wis. and Winona, Minn. Results of the study could be used by research managers and incorporated into Clean Water Act reports.

This is one of 146 proposals — totaling $105.3 million — seeking funds from the LCCMR. However, only about $26.1 million is available.

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