Governor Cuomo recently awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to 42 projects across the state to reduce the negative impacts of invasive species in our ecosystem.
That included a few local awardees:
–Cornell University got $100,000 to develop environmental DNA tools that can detect the highly invasive aquatic plant hydrilla verticillate.
–The Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District got just over $65,000 for the Boat Decontamination Project called “STOP the Invasion”
–SUNY Cortland got just under $95,000 to assess the threat of co-invasive jumping worms to our state.
The grants are part of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program and are funded by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund.