New York State gives local efforts to combat aquatic invasives big boost

A group of stakeholders raised $1.5 million in 2004 for a project to harvest invasive species on Upper Saranac Lake.The Upper Saranac Foundation ultimately removed 18 tons of milfoil, a fast-growing plant, from the water.

A decade later, the group found just 307 pounds on the 5,000-acre lake.“We’ve been very successful in doing that,” said Guy Middleton, the program’s lake manager.  Now the group hopes a $100,000 state grant will help expand those efforts.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.  The Upper Saranac Foundation will use the funds, part of nearly $1.7 million awarded last week from the state Environmental Protection Fund to fund rapid response efforts, to permanently provide an intercept at Fish Creek Pond.

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