ALBANY, New York — New York state is setting aside $2 million to combat the spread of zebra mussels, the spiny waterflea and other aquatic invasive species that scientists say could wreak havoc on the state's waterway ecosystems.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the grant money will go to projects around the state designed to reduce the number of such organisms as well as efforts to enlist boat owners in the fight.
State officials say aquatic invasive organisms are a particular threat in New York because of the many vessels that transit through the Great Lakes, the state's canals and its lakes and rivers.
Boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species by regularly decontaminating their vessels.
Grants are available in amounts of $25,000 to $100,000.