Experts: Hydrilla treatments working in Cayuga Lake Inlet

By Jillian Marshall

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hydrilla, a dangerous plant threatening the life of one of the Finger Lakes, may be on it's way out.

The Tompkins County Water Resources Council and the Hydrilla Task Force met Monday at the Transit Center in Ithaca to recap last year's efforts to rid the Cayuga Lake Inlet of hydrilla.

Hydrilla was discovered in the inlet in 2011.

It's an invasive aquatic plant that spreads rapidly, and has the ability to overpower it's environment and essentially kill it.

At the meeting, local officials discussed how hydrilla plants have been treated in the past year, and how the local environment is reacting to it.

New project manager of the Hydrilla Task Force, James Balyszak, says they have not found any tubers, a main part of the hydrilla plant.

He's pleased with the outcome of last year's treatment, but said the process is going to take several more years.

The treatment is a herbicide called endothall. Endothall damages the cells of hydrilla but does not affect areas untouched by the herbicide.

The Hydrilla Task Force will unveil their 2013 plan of action at a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., April 11, at the Tompkins Public Library.

For more information on the Hydrilla Task Force and hydrilla, click here.