08.28.14

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Confirmation That Another Invasive Species -- The Spiny Water Flea -- Has Reached Lake Champlain

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
On Confirmation That The Spiny Water Flea
Has Reached Lake Champlain
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

“It is terrible news that another invasive species -- and one with proven potential to seriously harm the ecosystem -- has reached Lake Champlain.  In recent years this has been an ecological body blow that has unfolded in slow motion.  We have known that this species was headed our way, and it’s one reason I have worked hard to fund invasive species prevention efforts through the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  These include boat launch stewards around Lake Champlain to inspect boats and educate the public, and creation of a permanent invasive species filter in the Champlain Canal.  Unfortunately, now we have more evidence of why we need to accelerate our prevention work, especially on the Champlain Canal, as well as educational efforts to help prevent transporting such unwanted hitchhikers into our Lake and waterways.”

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