ITHACA -- Herbicide treatments to control hydrilla, an invasive species that threatens all of the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes, begins this morning in several areas in the Ithaca area.
There are five areas being treated today, along with the Cayuga Inlet they include the marine park at Allan Treman State Park and sections of Cascadilla Creek and Six Mile Creek.
The herbicide being used is sold as Aquathol K, and it's scientific name is endothall. Only three parts per million, of the Aquathol, will be mixed with water; the herbicide treatments are being done by a private company, Allied Biological, a firm based in Hackettstown, New Jersey. The herbicide treatment will be finished by tomorrow morning, at the latest.
Also, although the area being treated will be marked with buoys, deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff's department will also be patrolling the area.