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Hydrilla Task Force of the Cayuga Lake Watershed

There are four groups that work together in a coordinated fashion to learn the science, seek out the possible management options, understand the regulatory options and constraints, share information, and implement the management strategies most likely to result in eradication of hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Watershed.

For detailed information regarding the Hydrilla Task Force organizational structure and points of contact, please see the printable version of the descriptions and contact information.


  • Led by DEC Invasive Species Coordination Unit (ISCU): Cathy McGlynn
  • Receives Updates from: Management Group, Outreach Group, Local Task Force, Other interested parties
  • Provides updates from DEC ISCU, often regarding funding or State level efforts
  • Provides minutes on general progress
  • Provides opportunity for less intimately involved stakeholders to get updates
  • Provides venue for input from national experts on hydrilla
  • Originally created by Holly Menninger and Scott Kishbaugh (DEC) to organize a response to the discovery of hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet
  • Continues to function as the state level task force and a venue for reporting out actions and coordinating local and state efforts


  • Members Represent: City of Ithaca, Tompkins County (Health Department, Soil & Water Conservation District, Atty, Sheriff), NY State Parks, Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists, Bolton Point, and CSI
  • Receives updates from: NYS Hydrilla Task Force, Management Committee, Outreach Committee
  • Makes final decisions on seasonal management plan with Management Committee.
  • Makes decisions on local implementation aspects
  • Communicates directly with the concerned citizens and stakeholders through outreach efforts
  • Provides official communications to public regarding management implementation aspects that may involve public notice or have impacts on stakeholders
  • Provides safety net when unexpected needs arise that must be addressed immediately
  • Provides technical support and input to hydrilla eradication projects around the country


  • Led by Hydrilla Program Manager: James Balyszak
  • Members represent: City of Ithaca, Tompkins County (Health Department, Soil & Water Conservation District, Atty, Sheriff), NYS State Parks, Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists, Bolton Point, and CSI
  • Determines necessary steps to formulate management plans
  • Contracts national peer reviewers for input on chemicals, alternative management methods, monitoring and plant growth specifics.
  • Works closely with project contractors who treat aquatic plants, to develop treatment proposals, and budgets
  • Oversees survey and monitoring work
  • Prepares and provides base information for technical papers and outreach materials


  • Led by Hydrilla Program Manager: James Balyszak
  • Members Represent: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) - Tompkins County, City of Ithaca, Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, West Shore Homeowners Association, Water Resources Council, Cornell University, NY State Parks
  • Receives updates from: NY State Hydrilla Task Force, Management Committee, Local Task Force, other interested parties
  • Creates and provides outreach materials including: brochures, handouts , presentations and press releases
  • Organizes hydrilla/invasive species ID training workshops and public meetings.Provides speakers for community groups that request updates on management project progress and hydrilla invasions
  • Maintains www.stophydrilla.org Project website


  • Cathy McGlynn, Dept. of Environmental Conservation Invasive Species, Catherine.mcglynn@dec.ny.gov, 518-408-0436
  • James Balyszak, Program Manager, stophydrilla@gmail.com, 607-254-1715

Last updated June 27, 2019