Gillibrand: Bill passed to protect NYS waterways

By Anna Norris

Gillibrand: Bill passed to protect NYS waterways

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Congress passed a bill to help prevent the spread of harmful algal bloom in New York State waterways. The bill next heads to President Obama's desk for signature.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced Wednesday the passage of the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act.

“New York’s vast water systems help drive our economy, offer miles of recreation, attract tourists, and provide clean drinking water for millions of families,” said Gllibrand. “Final passage of this legislation is a major step toward protecting our local waterways from harmful algal blooms, strengthening our local economies and preserving the natural beauty of New York’s waterways for generations to come.”

Harmful algal blooms are the rapid overproduction of algae, which produce toxins that are detrimental to plants and animals. In New York, the algae has caused numerous beaches and lakes to close.

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