Invasive spiny water flea heads for the waters of Lake Champlain
KINGSBURY (AP) – A new aquatic invasive species is heading for Lake Champlain.
The tiny creature called the spiny water flea disrupts the food chain and clings to fishing line. Scientists have been documenting the northward spread of the spiny water flea for several years, since it first showed up in the Glens Falls Feeder Canal which feeds the lake. The numbers exploded in June.
Biologist Timothy Mihuc (MY-huhk) of the Lake Champlain Research Institute says the invasive crustacean is probably in Lake Champlain already, but the population isn’t big enough to detect yet.
While there’s no way to stop the spiny water flea from spreading through the canals, boaters are advised to make sure their vessels are clean, drained and dry before launching in any waterway to prevent introduction of invasive species.