Bill Signed to Help Fight Aquatic Invasive Species in NY

By Joe Gullo

Published 09/02 2014 03:02PM

Updated 09/02 2014 06:20PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to help fight aquatic invasive species in the state.

A press release says the legislation makes boaters responsible for what their boats and equipment bring into waterbodies throughout the state.

“The natural beauty that is found in every corner of New York is second to none, and it is imperative that we do everything possible to protect that from the dangers of invasive species,” Governor Cuomo said. “We all share a responsibility to protect our natural environment, and this legislation helps ensure that all who enjoy New York’s waters will also do their part to limit the spread of different types of aquatic life that would otherwise harm the local ecosystem.”

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, aquatic invasive species cost the U.S. economy an estimated $120 billion per year. The state has implemented various programs to try to control the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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