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Sep 7, 2011

 

Cayuga Lake Inlet Hydrilla Educational Materials Available

Sep 1, 2011

Ithaca, NY – CAYUGA LAKE INLET HYDRILLA EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE

Thousands of boaters heading out onto to the waters of Central New York's Finger Lakesthey are being warned to keep an eye out for an invasive aquatic weed that has the potential to disrupt the region's lake ecosystems and diminish New Yorkers' future enjoyment of boating, swimming, and fishing activities on the lakes.

A coalition of state, regional, and local partners, coordinated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program is asking boaters to be part of the effort to prevent the spread of hydrilla from Cayuga Lake to other Finger Lakes and regional inland lakes, as well.

A boaters, whether they have motorized or non-motorized craft need to become educated on the plant and to follow clean boating practices whenever they enter or leave the lake.

  • Avoid running watercraft through areas of densest infestation
  • Remove all plants, mud or debris from boats, trailers, or other equipment that come in contact with water
  • Dispose of this material in trash cans or on land where it cannot be washed into any pond, lake or stream
  • Drain all water from boats before leaving a launch area
  • Clean and dry anything that came in contact with Cayuga Lake water (including your dogs!)

Educational materials including boat launch signs and educational brochures are available for download here:

Click here to view and download NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse Cayuga Lake Hydrilla brochure and map

Click here to view and download Hydrilla sign/poster (hi resolution, 3.6 Mb)

Click here to view and download Hydrilla sign/poster (lower resolution compressed, 360 Kb)

Hydrilla poses a serious threat to the lake ecosystem because it grows aggressively, creates thick mats of vegetation that choke waterway,shades out native aquatic plants, reduces the quality of habitat for fish, waterfowl, insects and other beneficial organisms, interferes with boating, fishing, and swimming, reduces shoreline property values, and can cost million of dollars to control.





Sep 1, 2011

Boaters Urged to Slow Spread of Aggressive Invasive Plant Hydrilla

Ithaca, NY – BOATERS URGED TO SLOW SPREAD OF AGGRESSIVE INVASIVE PLANT HYDRILLA

Labor Day Weekend - thousands of boaters take to the waters of the Finger Lakes in Central NY. As hundreds of those boaters head out onto Cayuga Lake, they are being warned to keep an eye out for an invasive aquatic weed that has the potential to disrupt the Lake's ecosystem and diminish their future enjoyment of boating, swimming, and fishing activities on the lake.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s New York Invasive Species Program, in cooperation with many a broad coalition of local and state partners, is asking boaters to be part of the effort to prevent the spread of hydrilla, first spotted in the Cayuga Inlet in early-August. A rapid response plan to eradicate the plant in the Inlet is under development to prevent the spread of hydrilla, but resource managers point out that the public also can play a major part in preventing this invader from speading to the rest of the lake and to other Finger Lakes and inland lakes, as well.

A boaters, whether they have motorized or non-motorized craft need to become educated on the plant and to follow clean boating practices whenever they enter or leave the lake.

  • Avoid running watercraft through areas of densest infestation
  • Remove all plants, mud or debris from boats, trailers, or other equipment that come in contact with water
  • Dispose of this material in trash cans or on land where it cannot be washed into any pond, lake or stream
  • Drain all water from boats before leaving a launch area
  • Clean and dry anything that came in contact with Cayuga Lake water (including your dogs!)

Hydrilla poses a serious threat to the lake ecosystem because it grows aggressively, creates thick mats of vegetation that choke waterway,shades out native aquatic plants, reduces the quality of habitat for fish, waterfowl, insects and other beneficial organisms, interferes with boating, fishing, and swimming, reduces shoreline property values, and can cost million of dollars to control.

Click here for full text of New York Invasive Species Research Institute September 1st press release on hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet.

Click here to view NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse Cayuga Lake Hydrilla brochure and map





Aug 19, 2011

Ithaca, NY - State and Local Agencies Meet to Respond to Recent Discovery of Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake Inlet

Ithaca, NY - STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES MEET TO RESPOND TO RECENT DISCOVERY OF HYDRILLA IN CAYUGA LAKE INLET

State and local municipal officials along with biologists from Cornell University gathered Friday, August 19, to discuss the scope of the problem and rapid response options brought to their attention by the August 16th discovery of the invasive water plant hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Inlet. Attendees included representatives from the City of Ithaca, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, the Finger Lakes Region of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Canal Corporation. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled to develop plans for hydrilla management, spread prevention, and public outreach.

Hydrilla verticillata, commonly known as ‘water thyme’ or simply as ‘hydrilla’ is one of the world's most aggressive aquatic invasive plants. If left unchecked, hydrilla can clog waterways; interfere with boating, fishing, and swimming; and cost millions of dollars to control. Hydrilla has long slender underwater stems that can grow up to an inch per day to lengths of up to 25 feet. Once the plant reaches the surface, it creates a thick mat of vegetation, quickly shading out other aquatic plants and displacing native species like pondweeds and wild celery.

Recreational users of the Cayuga Inlet are urged to employ clean boating practices to prevent the further spread of hydrilla and other aquatic invasive species. All plants, mud or debris should be removed from boats or equipment that came in contact with the lake's water. Drain any water from boats before leaving a launch area. Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water including boats, trailers, gear, clothing, dogs, etc. Never release plants, fish, or bait into a water body unless they came out of that water body. Click here for full text of New York Invasive Species Research Institute August 19th press release on hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet.