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Green Bay Rep. Cowles wants more DNR funding to control sea lamprey

State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Allouez)
State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Allouez)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker is asking his colleagues to help sponsor a bill to control the sea lamprey, a parasite that kills fish in the Great Lakes.

Senate Republican Rob Cowles of Green Bay says he wants to give the DNR more funding to increase its management of the sea lamprey in Lakes Michigan and Superior.

The measure would also create a new barrier on the Nemadji River, to prevent the lamprey from going into Lake Superior. And Cowles says he wants to fix a broken barrier on the Kewaunee River near Lake Michigan.

He calls the sea lamprey a “rotten invasive species.”

Several environmental groups say they’re more concerned about other invasive species, but they’re not against what Cowles is trying to do.