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Public meetings set on proposed treatments for three eastside lakes


State fishery managers will host four public meetings in late July to discuss proposals to treat three lakes in eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable fish species from lakes and streams.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is proposing to treat Fish Lake in Spokane County, Little Beaver Lake in Okanogan County, and Burke Lake in Grant County this fall to remove species ranging from brown bullhead to northern pike.

“The goal is to restore trout populations in all three lakes by removing competing species that have essentially taken over,” said Bruce Bolding, a WDFW fish biologist. “ because they can dec...

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