Schumer proposes team to hit invasive species in NY lakes

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May 8, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to create a rapid response team to quickly strike at invasive species nationwide, including those found in the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and in the Adirondacks.

Schumer says the teams could address hydrilla, Eurasian Milfoil, Asian clams and other plants and sea creatures that do great damage to lakes once they enter from sea-faring ships.

Schumer says rapid response teams are already in place for invasive species on farm land.

The Democrat's bill would allow states and local authorities to petition for grants from the federal Department of the Interior.

He said more than 15,000 jobs in nearly 2,000 businesses statewide involved in tourism, shipping and fishing could be affected by the damage from invasive species.

Schumer plans an announcement Wednesday.

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