Local Press

Collection of articles in the press and items created by the Hydrilla Task Force and partners  about the local hydrilla eradication effort in the Cayuga Lake watershed. Links to general information about hydrilla and aquatic plants are in the hydrilla library. 

The Ithaca Journal, September 25, 2016: Fact sheet: hydrilla in Cayuga Lake

The Ithaca Journal, August 18, 2015: Hydrilla Treatment closes Inlet on Tuesday

The Ithaca Journal, July 20, 2015: Public Notice of Sonar H4C Treatment

The Ithaca Journal, June 25, 2015: Herbicide will target Cayuga Lake Hydrilla

Lansing Star, Sept. 26, 2014:  Lansing's Hydrilla Hero

Ithaca Journal, Aug 1, 2014: Ithaca hydrilla task force eyes next herbicide round

The Ithaca Journal, July 6, 2014:Ithaca hydrilla meeting scheduled

Finger Lakes Wine Gazette, July 1, 2014:2014 Hydrilla Updates for Cayuga Lake

Tompkins Weekly, June 9, 2014: Progress Reported in Battle Against Hydrilla

The Ithaca Journal, May 25, 2014: Boaters warned of invasive species spread

The Ithaca Journal, May 19, 2014: Hydrilla eradication efforts ramp up around Cayuga Lake

The Ithaca Journal, November 4, 2013: Cayuga hydrilla herbicide treatments halt growth for season

The Ithaca Journal, September 24, 2013: Herbicide to hit Fall Creek Hydrilla Thursday

The Ithaca Journal, September 16, 2013:No Simple Solutions: Great Opportunity through Vigilant Efforts (Hydrilla Program Manager James A. Balyszak's response to Brian Caldwell's article below)

The Ithaca Journal, September 10, 2013: Move past herbicides for hydrilla problem (Letter to Editor)

The Ithaca Journal, September 5, 2013:Hydrilla Hunters track invader . View a video featuring the hydrilla hunters!

The Ithaca Journal, August 29, 2013: Hydrilla invades Cayuga Lake .

The Ithaca Journal, August 27, 2013: Hydrilla Hunters needed to track invasive plant

The Ithaca Journal, August 20, 2013: Hydrilla found in Fall Creek, Stewart Park

The Ithaca Journal, July 5, 2013:Cayuga Lake Inlet hydrilla treatment set to resume

WENY, July 5, 2013: Hydrilla Treatment Looking Successful

The Ithaca Journal, June 20, 2013: Heading off aquatic invaders will help local economies

Tompkins Weekly, May 20, 2013: Hydrilla Treatments Continue in 2013

The Ithaca Journal, April 25, 2013: New hydrilla treatment targets unsprouted tubers

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network News2012 issue 3 (hydrilla news featured on pages 1, 3, & 7, events on 8)

Ithaca Times, October 31, 2012: Hydrilla hot topic at Tompkins County Council of Governments meeting

The Ithacan, September 7, 2012: Hydrilla treatments prove effective for Cayuga Inlet

The Daily Star, August 16, 2012: Letter to the Editor: Seward has helped fight invasive plant (TCSWD Craig Schutt's response to Paul H. Lord's article below)

The Ithaca Journal, August 13, 2012: Herbicide pellets to hit hydrilla Wednesday

Observer/Review, August 7, 2012: Boaters should take steps to prevent the spread of hydrilla

Soil and Water Conservation News, August 2012: Cayuga Inlet Hydrilla Treatment  (by TCSWD's Resource Conservation Specialist, Angel Hinickle)

The Ithaca Journal, July 19, 2012: Tompkins lawmakers OK fines for spreading invasive plants

The Ithaca Journal, July 10, 2012: Finger Lakes stewards battle against invasive species

The Ithaca Journal, July 10, 2012: Hydrilla herbicide treatment to resume this week

The Ithaca Journal, July 3, 2012: Schumer: Hydrilla is threat to Finger Lakes region

The Ithaca Journal, June 27, 2012: Year's first round of herbicide hits hydrilla in Cayuga Inlet

The Ithaca Journal, June 26, 2012: Officials seek release of hydrilla funding

The Ithaca Journal, June 25, 2012: Ithaca municipalities could need money fronted for complete hydrilla treatment

The Ithaca Journal, June 20, 2012: Herbicides to treat Cayuga hydrilla

The Ithaca Journal (Guest Viewpoint), June 2, 2012: Pesticides are not the answer to hydrilla

Ithaca CityScene Community Newsletter, June 2012: Hydrilla Battle Continues

The Post-Standard, May 27, 2012: The Plant Nibbling on Ithaca

The Ithaca Journal, May 22, 2012: Hydrilla cleanup funds caught in red tape. State, federal aid promised but not in hand. (Reprinted by the Aquatic Plant Management Society, May 2012)

Tompkins Weekly (Signs of Sustainability article), May 21, 2012: The Battle to Eradicate Hydrilla Continues

YNN Central New York, March 28, 2012: State budget include funding to stop spread of Hydrilla

The Ithaca Journal, March 28, 2012: State budget has hydrilla money

Weed Science Society of America, March 19, 2012: On the Brink of an Environmental Disaster: Weed Science Society of America Highlights Progress against Hydrilla Infestation in Finger Lakes Region

The Ithaca Journal, February 29, 2012: Officials seek funds for hydrilla fight

The Ithaca Journal, February 17, 2012: Herbicides weighed in hydrilla fight

The Ithaca Journal, January 16, 2012: Hydrilla discoverer earns distinguished service award

The Ithaca Journal, October 11, 2011: Hydrilla Treatment Starts in Cayuga Inlet

Tompkins Weekly,October 10, 2011: Funds Approved to Fight Hydrilla

The Ithaca Journal, October 9, 2011: Hydrilla Treatment to Start Tuesday

Items by the Hydrilla Task Force and Partners 

Finger Lakes Wine Gazette: "Hydrilla Continues to Threaten Finger Lakes Waterways 2015 " by James Balyszak and Sharon Anderson

Explanation of the threat hydrilla poses: testimony to Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-13 Executive Budget by Craig Schutt, Tompkins Co. Soil and Water Conservation District.

Allied Biological's Winter 2012 Response Effort and Hydrilla Abstract

2011 Water monitoring protocol (500 kb pdf) for endothal supported by Tompkins Co. Dept. of Health and NYSDEC

Hydrilla Attacks Cascasdilla and Inlet, a 15-minute video featuring an on-site explanation of the hydrilla outbreak by Holly Menninger, Coordinator of the NYISRI. Holly explains the threat hydrilla presents, the urgency of the situation, what should be done to combat it, and what the rest of us can do, particularly if we own boats. Based on our best knowledge at that time (by Owl Gorge Productions, 9/25/11)

A science-based review to guide management actions (516kb pdf), with photos, created by NYISRI

DECletter to marina owners .

Roxanne Johnston's Reflections on the Hydrilla Eradication Effort in the Cayuga Inlet from 2012 is available here .

Guest Viewpoint: Boaters can help prevent spread of invasive species . (May 23, 2013)

Water stewards aid in the battle against hydrilla (July 15, 2012)

Regional hydrilla taskforce opens Tuesday (July 2, 2012)

Environmental experts gather Tuesday to battle harmful lake weed (July 2, 2012)

Hydrilla Endothal Treatment News Release (June 18, 2012)

Fast-growing aquatic weed threatens New York's Finger Lakes (May 15, 2012)

County Thanks Lifton for Hydrilla Funding Help (March 29, 2012)

O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy (March 28, 2012)

Ithaca: funding from state critical for fight against hydrilla (February 29, 2012)

Task forcetestimony to NYS legislature makes case for funding (February 8, 2012) and letter from Tompkins County Administrator on therationale and urgency of funding(February 14, 2012)

Local Coalition Urges Prompt and Aggressive State Action to Eradicate Hydrilla (February 8, 2012)

Mayor's Emergency Declaration (October 5, 2011)

Treman Boat Launch Closed (September 29, 2011)

Cass Park paddle docks closed(September 23, 2011)

Boating discouraged(September 17, 2011)

Hydrilla discovered in Cayuga Inlet (August 19, 2011)

Pre-Season Hydrilla Updates (Submitted to the Ithaca Journal)

Last updated September 28, 2016