Hydrilla verticillata

Hydrilla infestation in Florida


Hydrilla: An Invasive Water Weed 

The highly invasive aquatic plant, Hydrilla verticillata, commonly known as 'hydrilla' or 'water thyme' was found in the Cayuga Inlet in 2011.  The Hydrilla Task Force is committed to eradication of hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Watershed and to stopping its spread elsewhere.

Florida channel cleared

Economic Impacts

Hydrilla can reduce water flow, clog or damage water control structures, reduce fish populations, and compromise recreational uses such as boating & swimming.

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Blue-Green Algae

Studies have linked invasive hydrilla to a deadly toxin produced by blue-green algae, resulting in illness and death of wild birds and domestic pets.

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Sharon Anderson
Environment Team Leader
(607) 272-2292 ext. 156

Last updated May 26, 2015