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Hydrilla treatments set to begin in June in Ithaca’s waterways

Hydrilla treatments set to begin in June in Ithaca’s waterways

Photo: WHCU

The battle against the invasive plant Hydrilla in Ithaca’s waterways will continue this summer.

Hydrilla Program Manager James Balyszak says with winter holding on a little later than usual, growth should be delayed by 1 to 2 weeks.

He expects treatment to begin in late June in Fall Creek, as lower water depths in the creek could mean hydrilla tubers will grow a bit earlier.

He expects a full treatment schedule including the Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake to begin in July.

Since the first treatments were made in 2011, Balyszak says there were hundreds of hydrilla tubers in some test areas, and recent tests have shown there to be 10 or less in those same areas three years later.

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