New York’s Finger Lakes to get nearly $1 million for invasive species control efforts

Starry stonewort, which forms dense surface mats in lakes, first turned up in North America in 1978 in the St. Lawrence River in New York state. Researchers think it probably arrived in ballast water from ships entering the Great Lakes.

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes are getting almost $900,000 in federal funding to help battle invasive species.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Environmental Protection Agency is awarding almost $600,000 to the Finger Lakes Institute to help control a recently discovered hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lake.

The fast-growing aquatic weed can make boating and fishing difficult.

The institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges also is getting just under $300,000 to address another aquatic invasive plant species known as starry stonewort.

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