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Researchers Scope Cayuga Lake For Invasive Plant

In September, a class from Wells College was on Cayuga Lake, near Aurora, when someone noticed a non-native weed in the water. It was hydrilla, an invasive plant that can cause big problems.

Hillary Lambert, with the Cayuga Lake Watershed, is trying to figure out how widespread the hydrilla is before the lake gets even colder and freezes. “If we let hydrilla take control over several years time, it could make large areas of the shoreline impassable every summer,” she explained. Hydrilla grows quickly in the water. Once it reaches the surface, it creates a dense mat and crowds out other plants.