ALBANY — The Finger Lakes Region has been awarded $565,955 in state grants to fight the spread of invasive species in the region’s natural resources.

The money will be used to support invasive species rapid response and control, research, lake management planning and aquatic invasive species spread prevention programs.

The grants, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are included in more than $2.8 million for 42 statewide projects. They are part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program and are funded by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

In Central New York, the state is awarding Cornell University in Ithaca $100,000 for the development of environmental DNA tools for the early detection of the highly invasive aquatic plant hydrilla verticillate, found recently in Cayuga Lake.

In the Finger Lakes, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been awarded $100,000 for a program to understand the impact of Starry Stonewort in the state’s ecosystems. And Rochester Institute of Technology received $99,985 for using artificial intelligence into street view imagery to detect five key invasive plant species in the state.

Other local grants are:

• Research Foundation for SUNY Brockport, $85,5677 for a persicaria perfoliata discovery and control in Western New York.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, $77,361 for a Keuka Lake aquatic invasive species prevention program.

• City of Canandaigua, $76,281 for a program to prevent the spread of invasive species on Canandaigua and Honeoye lakes through watercraft inspections, education and outreach.

• Town of Canandaigua, $15,618 for the Barnes Gully hemlock wooly adelgid eradication project.

• Town of Macedon, $11,133 for terrestrial invasive species control at Canal Park.

“Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to New York state’s biodiversity and this funding is just the latest significant step that New York is taking to reduce and prevent their spread,” said Basil Seggos, DEC Commissioner. “The 2019-20 state budget contains $13.1 million to invest in projects and programs designed to limit the spread of invasive species across the state.”