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New York allocates $140,000 to protect Canandaigua Lake from invasive species

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a grant of $140,685 to the city of Canandaigua for combating invasive species in Canandaigua Lake. This funding, sought by the city on behalf of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, is essential for the continuation of a watershed steward and boat inspection program. The program, which has been operational for several years, aims to keep the lake free from invasive species like hydrilla and quagga mussels.

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, along with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, will utilize this grant to extend their efforts for three more years. Boat owners are encouraged to wash their boats before entering the lake, and watershed stewards assist in inspecting watercraft for invasive species. Additionally, a voluntary boat washing station is available at the Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park.

The health of Canandaigua Lake is vital, not only because it provides drinking water to about 70,000 people in the city and surrounding Ontario County towns but also due to its role in local tourism and the economy. This funding is part of New York State’s broader initiative, under which Governor Hochul has allocated nearly $3 million for 43 projects to mitigate invasive species’ impacts, safeguarding the state’s natural resources, economy, and public health.