Leahy Secures Funds for Lake Champlain To Counter Nuisance and Invasive Species

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senator Patrick Leahy has secured new funds to counter invasive and nuisance plant and animal species that have made inroads in Lake Champlain’s ecosystem.  The invasive and nuisance species include cormorants and sea lamprey, as well as water chestnut and other aquatic plants.

“Some of the same factors that make the lake so useful and so popular can also threaten it,” Leahy said.  “Protecting the lake requires steady and persistent cleanup, management and research efforts like these.  Securing the millions of dollars it takes to do this vital work is one of my highest priorities every year, and the results help us achieve a wide range of tangible improvements for the lake and the people who use and enjoy it.”  

Continuing and adding to work funded through earlier work by Leahy on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy announced $711,000 in new funds for continued sea lamprey control work, cormorant research and management, and invasive species control efforts.  The projects are supported with funding Leahy secured in federal fiscal year 2010 appropriations bills for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps Watershed program. 

Further allocations of additional Lake Champlain funds for fish and wildlife management and habitat restoration and cleanup recently secured by Leahy in the budgets for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission will be determined and announced later.  The list of new work announced by Leahy follows:

Cormorant Management, USDA                                                    $107,000
Water Chestnut Control, Army Corps of Engineers                     $500,000
Sea Lamprey Control, USDA                                                          $  94,000

TOTAL New Lake Champlain Funds:                              $711,000

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