From: New York Federation of Lake Associations <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:02 PM
Subject: Please Hunt for Hydrilla!!
Dear NYSFOLA Members
This is the time of year to search for the most invasive aquatic plant found in NY waters.
Would you do one last favor for your lake this summer and take some time to search the shoreline, boat launch areas, swimming areas. and any other places you can look for this plant? Recruit as much help as you need. Use the DEC/NYSFOLA AIS Shoreline Protocol to guide your hunt: http://nysfola.mylaketown.com/uploads/tinymce/nysfola/AIS%20protocol%202016.pdf, but just get out there and look!
Here's here's how to ID the plant. https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/aishydrillaidsheet.pdf Note the serrated leaf, turion on the stem, and tuber in the sediment are key to the ID of this plant.
If you think you've found hydrilla, please send digital photos (close up of leaves, tuber, and other identifiable parts on a white background please) with the location found to email@example.com. Please include follow-up contact information. Save a sample just in case.
We can't stress enough how important it is to catch this invasive plant early. Known locations are in the NYS Canal System near Tonawanda, the Croton River, Central NY (including a large population in Cayuga Lake). So, it could be anywhere.
Also, please let us know if you looked and how much of your lake you surveyed even if you didn't find the plant. Keeping track of where this plant "isn't" is just as important as knowing where it is.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will also communicate the results to the regional PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management).
Thank you everyone.
Nancy Mueller, Manager