CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 11 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling more than $5 million for projects to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.
Paul Smith’s College is among the recipients.
The projects will tackle existing threats and “also help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem,” Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman said in a news release.
A majority of the funding was awarded to projects based in Michigan.
But, Paul Smith’s College will receive a $500,000 grant to continue Great Lakes Restoration Initiative-funded work to extend the Eastern Lake Ontario Headwaters Watercraft Inspector Program.
Seasonal watercraft inspectors will perform 14,000 inspections.
And the New York State Office of Parks will receive a $410,000 grant to establish a new boat stewardship/invasive species prevention program at 15 previously unmonitored boat launches and marinas.
Those are located along the shorelines of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Since the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency has funded more than 70 projects totaling in excess of $40 million to combat invasive species.
Grants have been awarded each year to states, municipalities, tribes, universities and nonprofit organizations.
For more information on the initiative and grants, visit www.glri.us.