Lampricides to be applied to Marquette County river

May 19, 2017

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is applying chemicals to the Little Garlic River in Marquette County to kill sea lamprey. 

The lampricide kills lamprey larvae, which live in Great Lakes streams and tributaries then migrate to the lakes and kill fish. Infested streams must be treated every three to five years to control lamprey populations.

Officials say the Little Garlic River will be treated between Saturday and Wednesday. They say the lampricides don’t pose a public health risk, but residents are advised to minimize their exposure to the chemicals.