The passing of the New York State budget will help all waterbodies within the state. The $65 million investment will especially help Owasco Lake which is one of the 12 lakes identified as priority areas of study because they are vulnerable to HABs, critical sources of drinking water and vital tourism drivers. l believe Governor Cuomo is among the nation's most committed and responsive environmental leaders. When he sees an emerging threat, like harmful algal blooms, Governor Cuomo takes action. By maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund at a record $300 million again this year, New York is doubling down on our commitment to the environment. Governor Cuomo recognizes that every dollar invested in environmental protection is a dollar well spent.
Wagner is Owasco town supervisor and chair of the Owasco Lake Management Council and Owasco Lake Inspection Program.