The fight against invasive species in Chautauqua Lake received some reinforcement today.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has secured a commitment from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to unlock $54,000 in federal funds to combat the invasive species Eurasian milfoil and water chestnut in Chautauqua Lake. Schumer had already secured federal funding in 2007 for the study and treatment of the milfoil invasion in Chautauqua Lake, but today Schumer announced that USACE has agreed to direct remaining funds towards the development of Chautauqua County's Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Management Plant (SAVMP). Schumer's push for federal cooperation will allow for the Management Plan to chart a clear path forward to combat Eurasian milfoil and the recently found water chestnut in Chautauqua Lake.