The Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Research Foundation at SUNY Cortland have recently been awarded grants from the state to support invasive species prevention projects; the funding will provide support in addressing the negative impacts of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.
In total, about $3 million dollars in grants was awarded to 43 projects throughout the state. The goal is to reduce the negative impacts that invasive species pose on the state’s natural resources, economy, and communities.
“We are committed to protecting New York’s waterways, forest lands, and agricultural crops from dangerous invasive species,” Governor Hochul said. “This funding supports projects across the state that will help prevent the spread of invasive species in New York, protecting our natural resources, economy and public health from the negative impacts of this threat.”
The grants are part of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program. The program gives funds for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species spread prevention, early detection and rapid response, lake management planning, research, and education and outreach.
For the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District, the organization was awarded $122,705 dollars for aquatic invasive species watercraft spread prevention boat steward education and outreach/voluntary inspection. SUNY Cortland’s research foundation was awarded $98,630 dollars for their 2023 invasive species research.