Congressman Tom Reed toured the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva Thursday to get a close up look at research into invasive species that’s being funded by a 900 thousand dollar EPA grant he helped secure.
Reed met with Hilary Mosher, Coordinator of PRISM, the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. He says PRISM is doing great work with the grant funds.
PRISM has focused primarily on battling Starry Stonewort in Canandaigua Lake and Hydrilla in Cayuga and Owasco Lakes. Reed says the health of the Finger Lakes is vital to our economy, our way of life and our very identity.
Among the other issues being researched by PRISM are harmful algal blooms and nutrient loading associated with agriculture.