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NY To Spend $2M In Fight Against Invasive Species

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New York state is setting aside $2 million to combat the spread of zebra mussels, the spiny waterflea and other aquatic invasive species that scientists say could wreak havoc on the state's waterway ecosystems.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the grant money will go to projects around the state designed to reduce the number of such organisms as well as efforts to enlist boat owners in the fight.

State officials say aquatic invasive organisms are a particular threat in New York because of the many vessels that transit through the Great Lakes, the state's canals and its lakes and rivers.

Boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species by regularly decontaminating their vessels.

Grants are available in amounts of $25,000 to $100,000.

(c) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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