Public Workshop on Hydrilla iCal

Wednesday, June 13 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hydrilla’s Threat to the Finger Lakes and What You Can Do
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fayette Fire Department, 4200 Rte. 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
 
May 21, 2012 for Immediate Release:  
 
The highly invasive aquatic plant, Hydrilla verticillata, known commonly as 'hydrilla' or 'water thyme' was detected last summer in the Cayuga Inlet near Ithaca.  This was the first detection of hydrilla in upstate New York's waters, and the risk of it spreading to Cayuga Lake and other regional waterbodies is substantial.
 
Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (SCCCE), Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) and the Seneca County Water Quality Coordinating Committee will host a presentation on the threat of this plant to Cayuga and Seneca Lakes and what the public can do to stop its spread on Wednesday, June 13th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Fayette Fire Department, 4200 Rt 414, Seneca Falls NY, just north of the hamlet of Fayette.  Boaters, lake property owners, and others who are concerned about our natural resources are encouraged to attend.
 
The presenter will be Sharon Anderson a member of the Cayuga Inlet Hydrilla Task Force.  Anderson serves as the chair of the subcommittee for outreach.  She has been the Environment Program Leader of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County for over three years where she also provides education on Marcellus Shale gas drilling and energy efficiency. Previously she was the Watershed Steward for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. Her talk will include the threat and consequences of Hydrilla; its identification and differentiation from other similar looking plants; and what an individual should do if they find it. There will be time for questions and answers.
 
“Hydrilla is a real threat and we felt it was important to collaborate in getting information out to the public.” said SCSWCD District Manager Phil Griswold.  “Just a fragment of the plant attached to a boat can end up rooting and causing it to spread.” noted SCCCE Executive Director Ave Bauder.  “We hope people will come out and see what they can do to stop its spread.”   
 
The event is free.  Registration is not required but appreciated and can be done by calling the SCCCCE office at 315-539-9251 or e-mailing Seneca@Cornell.edu.
 
The mission of the Seneca County Water Quality Coordinating Committee is to foster a coordinated inter-agency and public approach to protect and improve the water quality in Seneca County.  The Committee was established in 1991 and holds six meetings a year.  For more information you can contact Francis Caraccilo, Chairman at fgc51@verizon.net

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