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Reed briefed on threats to Finger Lakes

Starry Stonewort is the name given to a nasty plant that’s invaded the Finger Lakes. This fast-growing, algae-like menace is really bad in some areas, including sections of Canandaigua Lake.

Creating thick mats of vegetation, the plant obstructs boating, fishing, swimming and destroys spawning sites for native fish.

“This macroalgae is infesting the Woodville area, and other southern areas of the lake are hugely infested,” said Hilary Mosher, speaking Thursday at Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva.

Mosher and others with the institute hosted a visit by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed. The Corning Republican was in town to highlight an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant of $900,000 awarded to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The funds will help in the fight against invasive species, harmful blue-green algae and other threats to the Finger Lakes and connecting waterways.

The Great Lakes and Finger Lakes provide more than 30 million people with drinking water and help support a multibillion-dollar economy.

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