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Feb 24, 2012

2012 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework Released

2012 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework Released
Obama Administration Announces Proactive Strategy to Protect the Great Lakes

On February 23, 2012, the Obama Administration released the 2012 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework (2012 Framework) outlining 58 new and continuing actions that build upon the proactive efforts to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp undertaken in the 2010 and 2011 Frameworks. The Framework focuses on sustainable, long term controls while permanent solutions are developed. The Administration plans to spend $51.5 million this year to protect the Great Lakes from the carp.

Attached is a short summary of the Framework

Click here for the full 2012 Framework document (5 MB file).

For more information on Asian carp in North America, visit http://www.asiancarp.us





Sep 29, 2011

Ithaca, NY -  Allan H. Treman State Marine Park boat launch to be closed starting Saturday, October 1, 2011

"In an effort to prevent the spread of the highly invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla verticillata growing in the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, I have ordered  that the boat launch at Allan H. Treman State Marine Park be closed starting Saturday, October 1, 2011," announced Tim Joseph, Finger Lakes State Parks Regional Director. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which operates the State Marine Park, intends to keep the launch closed until after efforts to stop the growth of hydrilla for this season have been completed.

Hydrilla, which has been called one of the most invasive aquatic plants in the world, can be spread on boats, boat trailers, and any boating gear that gets wet in infested waters. Even small fragments of the plant can start a new population if it is transported to an uninfested area. It is therefore important to limit the number of boats leaving the infested area of the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca to prevent the introduction of the plant into other Finger Lakes and inland water bodies. Because boats in the water can also spread the plant, boaters are also being asked not to take their boats north from the infested Inlet into the uninfested waters of Cayuga Lake proper.

Boaters are being asked to follow basic clean boat measures and clean their boats, trailers, and equipment before leaving Cayuga Lake for other inland water bodies and let those boats dry thoroughly for a week in the sun before launching into other inland waters.

Click here for the full Finger Lakes State Parks press release.





Sep 17, 2011

Ithaca, NY - City of Ithaca Strongly Discourages the Use of Boats in Cayuga Inlet

Ithaca, NY - City of Ithaca Strongly Discourages the Use of Boats in Cayuga Inlet

In response to the discovery of the highly invasive plant species Hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet, what many are calling an environmental emergency, City of Ithaca officials are strongly discouraging the use of boats of any kind in the Inlet. Hydrilla spreads very rapidly, threatening aquatic ecosystems, interfering with boating, fishing and swimming, and causing negative economic impacts on waterfront businesses and the community’s shoreline property tax base.

“It will take the full cooperation of land owners, users of the waterways, State and local agencies to successfully combat [Hydrilla],” said Superintendent of Public Works William Gray. Boats can easily break off small fragments of the plant that can then be transported to other, uninfested, locations and establish new populations.

While the City of Ithaca pursues emergency treatment options in collaboration with Tompkins County and the State of New York, officials are urging boaters to practice clean boating techniques and clean their boats, trailers, and equipment before leaving Cayuga Lake for other inland water bodies.

Click here for full text of City of Ithaca September 17th press release on actions to prevent Hydrilla from moving beyond the Cayuga Inlet.