ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's a messy problem for boaters and homeowners across the state.
Congressman Bill Owens told the Norwood Lake Association he wants Congress to help in the fight against milfoil.
Many bodies of water across the state are dealing with the invasive species. An infestation can greatly restrict recreation and cause a sharp decrease in property value around the body of water.
Owens says most of the burden of the cleanup will fall on local towns and villages, but he pledged to do what he can to help.
"I think it's something that the local communities are going to have work on. When you think about the economic impact of Norwood Lake on the community, it's a very worthwhile investment in my view," Owens said.
Experts that have surveyed the lake in Norwood say they currently have a mild infestation, but if left untreated, it could cover 80 percent of the lake.