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Schumer says millions of federal dollars coming to region to battle HABs

Senator Chuck Schumer announced this week that upwards of $40 million will be spent to battle harmful algal blooms across the U.S. He says that a portion of those funds will need to come to the Finger Lakes and Rochester-areas.

The state says that more than 1,100 reports of HABs were received in 2019. Schumer says that those could be doing serious damage to local ecosystems.

“Now that we have secured a significant funding boost for the Army Corps’ anti-algal blooms programs, I am urging the Army Corps to make New York the top priority when expanding harmful algal blooms pilot programs in 2020, “ Schumer said.

A bipartisan spending package for 2020 provides $24 million in federal funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Aquatic Plant Control Program, according to the Canandaigua Messenger.

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