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Snye marsh in 2010
Snye Marsh is a unique wetland along the St. Lawrence River. The waters of Snye Marsh are home to 127 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, turtles and small mammals, and are an important spawning area for over 45 species of fish.
Credit: USFWS

Public, environment to benefit from $20.3 million in settlements for St. Lawrence River area

The federal government, the State of New York, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a $19.4 million settlement with Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company for injuries to natural resources, recreational fishing and Mohawk culture from the pollution of the St. Lawrence River environment since at least the late 1950s. Most of this settlement, $18.5 million, will be combined with $1.8 million in restoration funds from a 2011 General Motors bankruptcy settlement. In all, a total of $20.3 million is slated to go to restoration efforts. The natural resource trustees, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, solicited restoration project ideas and developed a restoration plan to address injured natural and cultural resources and address lost human uses of natural resources, such as recreational fishing.


Published on: Wednesday, March 27,2013

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