2019 Hydrilla Eradication Efforts in the Cayuga Lake Watershed

Hydrilla Found Near Myers Park, Lansing

In the last week of August 2019, Racine-Johnson aquatic ecologists discovered hydrilla at the private marina maintained by Finger Lakes Marine Services, adjacent to Myers Park in Lansing, New York. The 5-acre infestation has spread to areas of the marina and pond. The Myers Park public marina has been re-surveyed and appears hydrilla-free. All boats should use the public marina only.

In anticipation of the influx of boats during the Barney and Bear's Fall Trout and Bass Derby, outreach teams have been set up inform participants and spectators of the urgent situation. Hydrilla breaks off easily and if caught on boats and trailers can be transported to other water bodies. It is critical that boat owners Clean, Drain, and Dry their watercraft and gear.  

Residents and visitors to Cayuga Lake are encouraged to help with outreach efforts alongside the Boat Stewards from the Finger Lakes Institute, local hydrilla team members, and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network staff.

Need help identifying hydrilla? Interested to sign up for round-the-clock shifts? The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network can help – contact Jenn programs@cayugalake.org or Hilary steward@cayugalake.org . Also the Finger Lakes PRISM at Hobart & William Smith Colleges has a regional boat steward program and hydrilla team – contact Kate desjardin@hws.edu and Sam BECK-ANDERSEN@hws.edu .

More information about the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla:

  • How to identify and report it.
  • Why we do not want it to take over our lake and creeks.
  • Treatment options and monitoring reports.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County: www.stophydrilla.org

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network: http://www.cayugalake.org/hydrillahunters.html

Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management): http://fingerlakesinvasives.org/invasive_species/hydrilla/


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

Last updated September 11, 2019