Sen. Schumer calls for long-term Hydrilla plan
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FINGER LAKES -- Senator Schumer will be in the Finger Lakes region to attend a meeting between federal and local officials to discuss efforts to fight the invasive species Hydrilla. Schumer says local, state, and federal governments need to work together to develop a long-term plan to protect the Finger Lakes from the fast growing plant.
The species has hit the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca particularly hard. This spring, officials treated the water with a second round of herbicide to get rid of Hydrilla in the Inlet. Further treatments are expected to take place throughout the summer.
The thick, leafy plant can grow up to a foot a day, and chokes out wildlife and other underwater plants.
Today's meeting is being held at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and will include representatives from the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.