While treatments are underway to keep hydrilla from spreading in Ithaca’s waters, it hasn’t kept the invasive plant from getting into Cayuga Lake.
Officials say they’ve discovered three small patches of the plant in the southeast corner of the lake, near the Tompkins County Visitors Center.
“We have divers that are out there and basically they will be surrounding the patches with netted barriers,” says hydrilla program manager James Balyszak.
Treatments have been applied in areas of the Cayuga Inlet this summer to try and keep the pesky plant from spreading.
Officials dealing with the hydrilla say despite this discovery, and the discovery of hydrilla in areas of Fall Creek as well, they believe eradication of the plant is still a possibility.