Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the bipartisan Protecting Local Communities from Harmful Algal Blooms Act. These blooms are a growing problem in every U.S. coastal state and are becoming increasingly prevalent in the Great Lakes, and have been reported in Franklin County, Washington County, and Saratoga County. This legislation amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include algal blooms in the definition of a major disaster.

“With more harmful algal blooms now than ever before, I’m thankful Congress is taking action to ensure funding is available in order to eradicate the blooms and preserve our waterways,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “It’s critical that we do all we can to prevent these blooms before the damage becomes too severe. My district is filled with earth’s natural and diverse beauty, and I’m proud to be a consistent advocate for protecting, preserving, and maintaining our environment. I urge my colleagues in the House to swiftly pass this legislation to combat harmful algal blooms so we can begin tackling the problem as soon as possible.”

“Harmful Algal Blooms can be devastating to any waterbody, especially one that is a source of drinking water like Lake George,” said Walt Lender, Lake George Association Executive Director. “HABs make the water unsafe for recreation and for drinking water, and harm tourism and property values. It’s important to do all we can to prevent harmful nutrients, which can promote these blooms, from entering our waterways.  Treating stormwater and wastewater properly can prevent HABs from occurring.” 

For more information on harmful algal blooms in New York’s 21st Congressional District, read the Post Star’s coverage here.