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

Starry stonewort forms dense surface mats in 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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