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.