State starts small in treating Poultney, Hubbardton rivers

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State officials are starting slow in their push to treat two Vermont rivers with lampricide aimed at the young lamprey that hatch and grow in Lake Champlain tributaries before swimming downstream into the lake.

Yesterday, state Fish and Wildlife officials started chemical treatments of young sea lamprey in the Poultney and Hubbardton rivers.

They did so after stream levels dropped off enough to allow spraying of only a limited batch of lampricide in the streams.

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