Federal Grants to Tackle Invasive Species in New York State

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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:10 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $900,000 to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges to address two invasive species in the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes regions of New York State. The Great Lakes and Finger Lakes provide more than 30 million Americans with drinking water and help support a multibillion-dollar economy. An invasive species is a plant or animal that is foreign to an ecosystem. During the past two centuries, invasive species have significantly changed the Great Lakes ecosystem and other fresh water lakes in New York State. These changes have greatly affected the economy, health and well-being of the people that rely on the system for food, water and recreation. Once established, it is extremely difficult to control their spread.

Two grants totaling $900,000 to Hobart and William Smith Colleges were awarded through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Additional grants to New York State recipients to tackle the problem of invasive species will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Invasive species is a serious problem facing the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These EPA grants will help prevent larger costs and damage to the environment in the future and will educate students and boaters about what they can do to reduce this threat to the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes."

"Preserving the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes regions for future generations is a priority of mine. This grant money will aid in controlling invasive species and help stabilize the ecosystem of the lakes. In turn, this will have a positive impact for area residents and the local economy," said U.S. Representative Tom Reed.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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