Buffalo State College lands ecosystem funds

The Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College is set to receive a combination of three federal grants totaling $1.7 million to address Lake Erie ecosystem problems.

The college announced the grants Tuesday. The money, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, will tackle three projects:

• A sum of $972,583 will fund a two-year data collection project to study Lake Erie’s ice cover and polluted areas of the lake.

• A grant totaling $615,813 will study the lake’s nearshore and offshore nutrient levels and the relationship to excessive algae in both Lakes Erie and Ontario, as well as invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels.

• Funds in the amount of $111,264 to assess potential invasive species from the Ponto-Caspian region.

“Buffalo State was the only college in Western New York to receive three grants,” Alexander Karatayev, director of the Great Lakes Center, said in a release. “We have been working on these issues and the funding is allowing us to build on our success.”

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