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.
Hydrilla can reduce water flow, clog or damage water control structures, reduce fish populations, and compromise recreational uses such as boating & swimming.
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.
Last updated May 26, 2015