A New York lawmaker has a plan to stop invasive species from entering Lake Champlain.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the new legislation gives Fish and Wildlife officials more power to regulate non-native species, while increasing funding for the program. Gillibrand says the bill would prevent future invasive species from entering New York's waterways and continue to attract tourists to the North Country.
"Lake Champlain is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. And the North Country is one of the greatest destinations for worldwide tourists and we want to keep it that way. That's why we care deeply about our economy here, keeping our lakes and rivers and streams clean, so people can enjoy it and our families can continue to prosper," said Gillibrand, D-New York.
According to Fish and Wildlife, there are currently 236 species listed under the Lacey Act, meaning they cannot be imported into the U.S. But they say the process to place a species on that list can take up to four years, allowing species to fly under the radar.