- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to introduce sea lamprey-killing pesticides to the Muskegon River system.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1nP8aEM ) the lampricides are meant to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed at the bottom of the river. They will be applied between Sept. 9 and 18 in Muskegon and Newaygo counties.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the chemicals have a minimal environmental impact when applied correctly. Only a few fish, insect and broad-leaf plants are sensitive to the substance that is toxic to sea lamprey.

People are advised to temporarily conduct recreational activities in different water sources to minimize exposure to the chemicals. Farm irrigation will be suspended for 24 hours following the treatment.

Adult sea lamprey are parasites that kill fish in the Great Lakes.

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