The Adirondack Park may become the first region in New York State to have its own, integrated program to halt the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the state legislature to appropriate $1 million to develop the Adirondack-wide strategy.
According to Morris Peters, a spokesman for the Division of the Budget, the money for the new initiative will come from an increase in appropriations to the Environmental Protection Fund.
“The Executive Budget includes $5.7 million for invasive species efforts, statewide, an increase of $1 million over prior year levels. The Adirondacks invasive species strategy will use seed money provided from that proposed $1 million increase,” said Peters.
That’s good news for the local governments, lake and landowners associations, sportsmen and environmental protection groups who have been meeting since last fall to organize a campaign to establish an inspection and boat washing program, modeled on Lake George’s, throughout the Park.
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