- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend about $10 million for a new barrier to keep invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River.

The new barrier would take over the function of blocking the lampreys’ spread after the planned demolition of a dam as part of an effort to restore the rapids that give the city its name.

The Grand Rapids City Commission voted Tuesday to direct City Manager Greg Sundstrom to apply for inclusion in the Army Corps’ Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration program. The program also is working on a sea lamprey trap in the Muskegon River.

Corps spokeswoman Lynn Rose tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1BpGnkj ) the proposal “sounds like a good candidate” for the program.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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