CAYUGA LAKE---(WENY) The fight against Hydrilla continues but it looks like the tide has turned against the aquatic plant. However, treatment can take years, and the cost for controlling it in Cayuga Lake is expected to run well into the millions.
Director of Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation, Craig Schutt, estimates that it will cost up to $1 million annually for an effective five to eight year eradication program. According to the Star-Gazette, Schutt said the county has applied for $304,000.00 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Herbicide treatment has been ongoing since the fall of 2011.