Hydrilla & Other Invasive Lake Weeds could be Outlawed.

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According to information provided by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, hydrilla can grow up to a foot a day, and forms a thick dense mat that will block sunlight, kill native plants, and reduces oxygen in the water, altering the fish habitat. Its growth can obstruct boating, swimming and fishing and block intakes at water treatment plants.


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About Us About Us Lake Weeds Lake Weeds Our Products Our Products Reference Charts Reference Charts Contact Us Contact Us FAQs FAQs Request a Brochure Request a Brochure Call us today 1-800-328-9350 Pages About Us Lake Weeds Our Products Reference Charts Contact Us FAQs Request a Brochure View Cart Hydrilla Other Invasive Lake Weeds could be Outlawed. Published by Jamie Markoe on November 14 2013 0 Comments Yates County legislators want to hear from the public about the potential for a local law to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species into the waterways of the county. PHOTO/ Robert L. Johnson Hydrilla is an aggressive invasive species that can grow up to a foot a day say experts. The Yates County Legislature will not vote on a proposed local law intended to prevent the introduction and movement of aquatic invasive species in Yates County waters during their April 8 meeting as previously planned because additional work needs to be done on the draft law explains District III Legislator Dan Banach of Milo who is chairman of the Public Works Committee. A public hearing on the proposed law will still be held at the beginning of the 1 p.m. meeting Monday. Although some non-native invasive species have already found their way into the local lakes and waterways the proposed law was spawned by increased concerns over the spread of hydrilla an aggressive water weed that has gotten a foothold in the Cayuga Lake Inlet. The laws intent is to protect the ecology of the navigable water bodies in the county by preventing the introduction of the invasive species. James Balyszak who is the Ithaca-based Hydrilla Program Manager through Cornell Cooperative Extension says at this time the hydrilla infestation is limited to the Cayuga Inlet. Contact us

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"No hydrilla has been found in Cayuga Lake or any of the neighboring Finger Lakes thankfully and our eradication efforts in the Inlet are helping. In September of 2012 hydrilla was discovered in the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda near Buffalo.This is not related to the Cayuga Inlet discovery or the Finger Lakes area exactly but it is a discovery in another part of New York State" he explains. According to information provided by the Cornell Cooperative Extension hydrilla can grow up to a foot a day and forms a thick dense mat that will block sunlight kill native plants and reduces oxygen in the water altering the fish habitat. Its growth can obstruct boating swimming and fishing and block intakes at water treatment plants. Among other things the proposed law will prohibit the launch of a watercraft into a navigable body of water with any plant or animal or parts visible or attached to any part of the watercraft including in live wells and bilges the motor rudder anchor or other areas including the trailer. Warren Tompkins and Schuyler County have adopted similar laws while Essex and Washington County are considering laws. In addition the village of Lake Placid in Essex County and seven towns — Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County Santa Clara Brighton Harrietstown and Franklin in Franklin County and North Elba and Schroon in Essex County — have all adopted laws. Two other towns in Herkimer and Oneida Counties are considering laws. If convicted of violating the law a person faces a fine of 250 or up to 15 days in jail. When the legislature set the public hearing District 2 Legislator Richard Willson objected voting no saying he thought the effort was a "feel good thing" about the lake commenting that laws have never been considered to stop the spread of invasive species such as hogweed. Noting that the most frequent transport of seeds is through the wind and via birds Willson said he doesnt feel a law like this can be enforced and he thinks the effort should be put into developing a plan for when the species do enter the area. He said he feels effort should be put into education. Elizabeth Newbold of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County explained that research shows the hydrilla is transported by watercraft. She also compared the proposed law to similar laws about transporting firewood within New York State an effort to restrict the movement of non-native insects. Balyszak says there is a myriad of printed materials from multiple conservation agencies regarding Hydrilla its infestation and effects and ways the citizens/boaters can identify report and prevent the spread of hydrilla and other invasives. "During the 2012 season the Finger Lakes Institute managed the Boat Steward Program which put trained individuals at boat launches on several of the Finger Lakes. These trained individuals helped to educate boaters on clean boating practices the threat of hydrilla and other invasives and provided free boat/trailer inspections to boaters on a voluntary basis after boater consent" he said adding "The Boat Contact us

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Steward Program was quite successful and will be implemented again this year." You can find more information as well as numerical results of the Boat Steward Program at this link: http://flisteward.wordpress.com/ Banach introduced the law and explained it is an effort to help protect the water inlet for the village of Penn Yan which supplies water to about 1/3 of Yates Countys households. "Granted it may be difficult to enforce but it may keep some out" he said. Mark Morris who also represents District III said the Keuka Lake Association and Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association are behind the efforts to try to reduce the impact of the invasive species. The legislatures meeting begins at 1 p.m. April 8 in the legislative chambers. Next Steps: To visit our online store click here To Request our product catalog click here To learn about lake weed analysis click here Comments 0 Comments There are no comments. Post Comment Name Email Address Comment Submit Submit 1627 9th Street P.O. Box 10748 White Bear Lake MN 55110 1627 9th Street P.O. Box 10748 White Bear Lake MN 55110 1-800-328-9350 1-800-328-9350 infokilllakeweeds.com infokilllakeweeds.com Visit our blog Visit our blog Contact us

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