TOMPKINS AND CORTLAND COUNTIES (WENY) -- It was announced on Tuesday that over $250,00 in state funding has been awarded to Tompkins and Cortland Counties to support local invasive species prevention projects. 

The funding is part of $3 million in state funding awarded through the DEC's Invasive Species Grant Program to 43 projects across New York.  Senator Lea Webb announced the funding is to combat the negative impacts that invasive species have on natural resources, the economy, and the community.

“I am pleased to announce this funding to support local efforts to combat the spread of invasive species in our natural resources. Invasive species can have disastrous and costly effects on our waterways and local ecosystem. With this funding, we will be able to strengthen and sustain local efforts to monitor invasive species, ensure robust outreach to the community, and implement protection efforts to safeguard our region," said Senator Webb.

The Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District received $122,705 for Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Spread Prevention, Boat, Steward Education and Outreach/Voluntary Inspection.

The Research Foundation for SUNY Cortland received $98,630 for Invasive Species Research on invasive jumping worm patterns.

The Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District received $51,718 for the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Spread Prevention, Stewards, Boat Decontamination Program.