Short funds drive fear of hydrilla outbreak in Finger Lakes

By on March 2, 2012

Local officials in New York are concerned that an outbreak of an infamous invasive aquatic plant could spread throughout the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes without more state and federal funding to fight it, according to a report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

The plant, hydrilla, grows quickly and forms thick mats that choke out native species and make boating and swimming impossible. The plant is already established in Florida, where millions of dollars are spent annually on control efforts.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is working on securing extra funding, but could only promise $50,000 for fighting the outbreak near Cuyoga Lake. County officials say they’ll need $1 million a year for five years.

Read more at democratandchronicle.com

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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