The Hydrilla Task Force works to fully eradicate hydrilla from the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Efforts to date are very successful. Treatments at the south end of the watershed (Cayuga Inlet, Fall Creek, and the southeastern corner of Cayuga Lake) includes treatment of rooted hydrilla and ongoing monitoring to ensure hydrilla does not return from areas where it has been eliminated. Treatment of the hydrilla infestation in Aurora began in 2017. Successful eradication elsewhere informs local plans.
Hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet was found early on, at a point in the invasion curve where eradication was deemed possible. The goal stated in the 2012 Work Plan is complete eradication. Many control measures were considered and most are not viable for our infestation at this time. See Control Method Considerations.
There are four main management options for hydrilla: biological, chemical, mechanical, and physical.
Everyone can help in the fight against hydrilla. Learn more about what you can do to stop the spread of this invasive water weed.
Hydrilla can be identified by many characteristics, such as pointed leaves, potato-like tubers, and aggressive growth.
Last updated January 6, 2020