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The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mmahaffie/28651285/">Mike Mahaffle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: Mike Mahaffle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US will own lamprey barrier with Quebec town

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with a town in Quebec to prevent sea lamprey from traveling up a tributary of Lake Champlain just north of the Vermont border.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the barrier is on the Moprion Cree, a tributary of the Pike River in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, which flows into Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.

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Leahy worked to secure nearly $1.3 million for the barrier through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The Quebec town and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will own and operate the barrier jointly.

In Vermont and New York, sea lamprey are controlled with a chemical that kills young lamprey in the lake's tributaries.

The barrier is scheduled to open on Thursday.

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