An invasive species has taken root in Cayuga Lake. The first report of hyrdilla taking root in the lake has the Hydrilla Task Force working to figure out its next step. The task force is already spending over 400 thousand dollars a year fighting the pesky weed with herbicide. That cost is expected to go up. At a recent stop in Auburn, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for better tools to fight invasive species, calling the Lacey Act that governs such species antiquated.
Hydrilla grows quickly, crowding out native plants. The hydrilla was found in the southeastern corner of the lake. Another removal option is to use divers, but that's more expensive.