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Hydrilla in the Croton River Public Meeting

December 7, 2016: 6:45PM to 8:00PM
Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck St, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520 map

Join the Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday, December 7 evening at the Village Hall in Croton on Hudson to hear presentations from NYSDEC, SOLitude Lake Management and SePRO regarding work completed in 2016 and future efforts included in the draft Five-Year Management Plan. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 8:45 pm.

DEC and partners have developed a plan to control Hydrilla verticillata (hydrilla) in the Croton River. Hydrilla grows and spreads rapidly and is one of the most difficult aquatic invasive plants to control and eradicate in the United States. Infestations can have negative impacts on recreation and tourism, as well as severe consequences for aquatic ecosystems.

• Background information about Hydrilla
• Results of 2016 aquatic plant survey in the Croton River
• Components of the Five Year Management Plan
• Proposed plans for 2017 hydrilla control efforts

The aquatic invasive plant Hydrilla verticillata was discovered in the Croton River in October 2013 and later found in Croton Bay during a site survey in 2014. This survey also revealed that Hydrilla is well-established in the Croton River and Reservoir. Hydrilla grows and spreads rapidly in areas where it has become established, often resulting in considerable economic and ecological impacts. While Hydrilla remains in the Croton River and the Croton Bay, it threatens habitats in the Hudson River and its tributaries. Fortunately, the results of the survey conducted in 2016 indicate that Hydrilla has not yet spread outside of the Croton River. Come learn about current efforts by the NYSDEC to contain, control, and combat Hydrilla in Croton River habitats.

For more information, review the DEC’s Croton River Hydrilla Control Project website.

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