New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York have awarded grants to support nonprofit organizations involved with stewardship of 29 state parks.

The Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) was awarded a $19,000 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to expand successful efforts of controlling and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) watershed at Fish Creek Campground.

The Fish Creek AIS Spread Prevention and Containment Project combats invasive species to improve water quality and maintain native species in their natural habitats, ensuring the sustainability of our natural public resources for future generations. The program protects economic value through recreation, tourism, sportsmanship, and second home ownership by providing clear waterways. Removal and control of AIS in Fish Creek, upstream of the campground, protects downstream waters from infestation and helps prevent the export of AIS to non-infested waters.

USF will support this project by matching funding and services, for a project budget total of $26,000.

The Fish Creek AIS Spread Prevention and Containment Project is part of a larger watershed protection program, developed by the USF, that uses a combination of AIS prevention, monitoring, management, control activities, and education to inhibit AIS spread.