- Emerald Ash Borer
- Giant Hogweed
- Hydrilla: An Aggressive Water Weed
- About Hydrilla
- Fighting Hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Watershed
- How You Can Help
- Invasive Species Experiences in other States
- Invasion Curve
Laws and Regulations
There has been a tremendous effort to eradicate hydrilla from spreading in and out of the Cayuga Inlet; an effort very unique for New York State and the US in general. Very few states have developed programs for rapidly responding to this sort of aggressive invasive plant.
The growing problems around invasive plants, animals, and insects will acquire many state laws and agency procedures to change in order to meet the goals of eradication. The hydrilla task force is trying to achieve rapid response to the hydrilla invasion without currently having the supporting legal or policy infrastructure. Many people, including local, state, and federal officials, are working very hard, daily, to both stop hydrilla and build the networks, laws, and policies necessary for combating future problems with invasive species.
New York State: SIGNED JULY 24, 2012: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Protect New York's Waterways and Natural Habitat from Invasive Species. Requires the department of environmental conservation to take action with respect to nonnative animal and plant species.
Tompkins County Legislature: PASSED JULY 17, 2012: A Local Law to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Tompkins County makes it unlawful for anyone to transport an invasive species (plant or animal) to or from County waterways. The local legislation states: "It is the intent of this law to protect the ecology of water bodies wholly or partially located and/or accessed in Tompkins County by preventing the introduction of any aquatic invasive species and therefore helping to protect the environment and economy of Tompkins County."
Penalties include the following: "Any person who engages in any activity prohibited by this Local Law shall be guilty of a violation. Every person convicted of a violation of this Local Law shall be subject to a fine of not more than Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($250).
Last updated: January 16th 2013 - 9:44am