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Lake Champlain faces threat of nuisance species

Associated Press - May 19, 2010 5:35 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Officials are trying to prevent a nuisance species from entering Lake Champlain.

The spiny water flea is a half-inch-long crustacean that reproduces at such a high rate that it can wreck fishing lines and displace native species.

The creature has been found in New York's Great Sacandaga Lake, which is connected to Lake Champlain by two rivers and two canals. Officials had worried that the flea would float 60 miles into Lake Champlain but a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vermont has found that it's more probable it will reach Lake Champlain on boats that are not being cleaned.

The Burlington Free Press says the report urges Vermont and New York to educate boaters and inspect boats on both lakes.

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