Cayuga Inlet Eradication Project: Management Plan

A management plan summarizes the current year's efforts and looks forward to the next season. It speaks broadly to all aquatic plant management techniques commonly used in NY and elsewhere, as well as why the Hydrilla Task Force has chosen the current treatment regime. It covers the decision making process and our commitment to adaptive management. It is updated for annual changes and specifics, but the broad tenets are set by the initial publication.

Managing for any invasive species is never a static process. Cayuga Inlet's eradication project is constantly being revised to suit this infestations and waterbody's particular needs. As the task force learns more from others' experiences and successes, control methods, the current standings of the hydrilla population, and its reproductivity (tubers, etc.), the plans for management are able to evolve.

Control Strategies

Herbicide treatments of endothall and fluridone were selected after much consideration and consultation with national experts. Many other control options were considered but not chosen at this time.

Monitoring

Monitoring water quality, beneficial aquatic plants, and hydrilla is an important component of the hydrilla eradication project. Monitoring involves observing and recording the presence and abundance of specific aquatic plant species, hydrilla reproductive tubers, and residual from any aquatic herbicides used.

Last updated August 25, 2016