New York accepts comments on plan to stop spread of aquatic invasive species

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ALBANY, New York — New York environmental officials are accepting public comments on their plan to check the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The draft plan is an update from 1993 and includes actions designed to prevent, detect, and respond to non-native species that can harm the ecology of New York's lakes and waterways. Among other things, the state proposes a public awareness campaign and expanding the boat launch steward program.

Invasive species include Eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed and Asian clams.

State Department of Environmental Conservation officials say New York is especially vulnerable because of its commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes through the canal system.

Comments are being accepted through Dec. 15.

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