PAUL SMITHS - U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday that Paul Smith's College will receive $399,891 from the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative combat invasive species.
The Paul Smith's College initiative is part of the Lake Ontario Head Waters Watercraft Inspection Program that works to stop of the spread of invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil, hydrilla and spiny water flea to Lake Ontario.
"This federal investment is great news and demonstrates a critical commitment to stop the spread of invasive species to Lake Ontario in their tracks," Schumer said in a press release. "Invasive species threaten property value, recreation, tourism, and beauty surrounding the lake and I applaud the EPA for supporting Paul Smith's College Lake Ontario Headwaters Watercraft Inspection Program efforts to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species."
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed an action plan to implement it.
This action plan covers fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and addresses five urgent issues: cleaning up toxics and areas of concern, combating invasive species, promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off, restoring wetlands and other habitats and tracking progress and working with strategic partners.
With input from citizens as a guide for 2012 and 2013, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will work to clean up areas of concern, reduce nutrients entering the lakes, and prevent the introduction of new invasive species.