- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $141,000 to the New York Natural Heritage Program at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to better protect wetlands throughout the state.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says wetlands provide environmental benefits such as protecting against flooding and dangerous storm surges as well as habitat for fish and wildlife.

The New York Natural Heritage Program will use the grant to evaluate the relationship of “buffer zones” and surrounding land uses on wetland conditions. It will focus its work in urbanized areas within the Great Lakes region, for example, watersheds of the Genesee River, Niagara River and Lake Erie.

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