Hydrilla treatments will continue in Cayuga Lake

By Jillian Marshall

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An invasive plant that threatens to ruin the lake experience in the Cayuga Lake Inlet is back again this year, but treatment to get rid of it will start soon.

The Hydrilla Task Force presented it's plans on how to defeat hydrilla in the Inlet on Thursday night.

Hydrilla is an invasive plant that overpowers the environment it's in and spreads rapidly.

The invasive plant was found in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in 2011.

Hydrilla Program manager James Balyszak says treatment last year went so well, they'll take the same approach this year.

First, the hydrilla will get hit with a treatment of endothall, a contact herbicide, followed by a systemic herbicide.

"We had a lot of success with both the treatments, especially with the contact herbicide, it was about 90 - 95 percent effective at knocking back the actually bio mass of hydrilla," Balyszak said.

Officials say the herbicides are harmless to people and there were no complaints from residents at the meeting.

Treatment season runs from June to October.

For more information on hydrilla and the Hydrilla Task Force, head to Stop Hydrilla.

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