Hydrilla Task Force of the Cayuga Lake Watershed

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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 of hydrilla most likely to result in eradication of hydrilla in Cayuga Inlet.

  1. State Hydrilla Task Force of the Cayuga Lake Watershed
  2. Management Group
  3. Outreach Group
  4. Local Task Force

Representatives from State Parks, City of Ithaca and the County participate on all four groups – allowing for exchange of information and coordination.  Printable version of the descriptions and contact information (49 kb pdf)

NYS HYDRILLA TASK FORCE

  • Led by DEC OISC: Dave Adams and  Leslie Surprenant
  • Receives Updates from: Management Group, Outreach Group, Local Task Force, Other interested parties
  • Provides updates from DEC OISC, often with regards to funding or State level efforts.
  • Provides venue for input from national experts on hydrilla
  • Originally created by Holly Menninger and Scott Kishbaugh 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 our actions and coordinating local and state efforts.

MANAGEMENT GROUP

  • Led by:  Scott Kishbaugh (NYSDEC) and Local Task Force
  • Members represent:  City of Ithaca, Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tompkins County Department of Health, NYS State Parks, Education/Outreach entities, Scientists
  • Determines necessary steps to formulate management plans
  • Contacts scientists/peer-reviewers for input on chemicals, alternative methods, monitoring and plant growth specifics
  • Works closely with contractors who treat invasive aquatic plants to develop treatment proposals and budgets
  • Oversees survey and monitoring work
  • Prepares or provides base information for technical papers and outreach materials
  • Continues to function as the State level task force and a venue for reporting our actions and coordinating local and state efforts.

OUTREACH GROUP

  • Led by CCE-Tompkins: Sharon Anderson
  • Members Represent: City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, Water Resources Council, NYS State Parks, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, Cornell University, Interested Community Stakeholders
  • Receives updates from: Task Force, Management Group, Local Task Force, Other interested parties 
  • Develops and provides outreach materials  including brochures, handouts , presentations and press releases
  • Maintains Stophydrilla.org website (CCE)
  • Organizes hydrilla ID training workshops and public meetings
  • Provides speakers for community groups wanting updates on management plans

LOCAL TASK FORCE

  • Led by City of Ithaca: Hydrilla Program Manager
  • Members Represent: City of Ithaca, Tompkins County (HD, SWCD, Atty, Sherriff), NYS State Parks, Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists
  • Receives updates from: Task Force, Management Group, Outreach Group
  • Works with Management Group and peer-reviewers to finalize Management Plan
  • Makes decisions on local implementation aspects
  • Communicates directly with concerned citizens and stakeholders and participates in outreach efforts 
  • Provides official communication 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

Last Updated: November 17, 2014

Last updated: November 17th 2014 - 1:01pm