2014 Hydrilla Workshop

Hydrilla spreads rapidly and can completely clog waterways and restrict water flow, posing significant threats to aquatic ecosystems and recreational resources. Photo by Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org

Adirondack Region Hydrilla Workshop

April 11, 2014, Warrensburg, NY

Hosted by the NYS Adirondack Park Agency and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Hydrilla is on the move in New York and could eventually be found in an Adirondack waterbody. The NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hosted a workshop to address some of the challenges (regulatory, financial, etc.) in developing a rapid response management plan for this highly aggressive invasive plant. Is it possible to develop a joint DEC/APA rapid response application and permit process that would assist in expediting an aquatic herbicide management permit? If so, what are some of the current regulatory hurdles  that regulators need to be aware of in order to accomplish this objective?

Objectives of the workshop

1.  Bring Adirondack region regulators, researchers, aquatic consultants, and other partners up-to-date on what the current status of hydrilla is in NYS, including life history, invasiveness of  monoecious hydrilla, and difficulties in managing it.

2.  Identify lessons learned from the experts outside of the Park that have been managing the infestation in Cayuga Lake.

3.  Define the current role of the regulators in the Adirondack Park (DEC and APA) when issuing aquatic herbicide permits.

4.  Identify what is involved in developing an aquatic invasive species rapid response plan for the Adirondack region and what role partners have in the response plan.

Agenda and Presentations

9:15-9:30       Welcome and Introductions, Ed Snizek, APA and John Bennett, NYSDEC

9:30-10:00     Overview of Hydrilla verticillata and Current Status in NYS, Scott Kishbaugh, NYS DEC

10:00-10:30   Cayuga Lake Hydrilla Task Force, James Balyszak, Hydrilla Program Manager

10:30-11:00   Management of Hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Inlet Using Aquatic Herbicides (2010-2012), Glenn Sullivan, Allied  Biological, Inc.

11:00 -11:30  2013 Update-Chasing Monoecious Hydrilla from Cayuga Lake Inlet, Robert Johnson, Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists

11:30-12:00   Questions and Open Discussion

12:00-1:00   Lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:30       APA and DEC Permit Requirements for the Use of Aquatic Herbicides, Leigh Walrath, APA and John Bennett, NYS DEC

1:30-2:00       Rapid Response Planning- Update on the Adirondack Rapid Response Plan, Hilary Smith, APIPP

2:00 -3:00      Panel Discussion- Recommendations for Organizing and Implementing a Successful Hydrilla Rapid Response Plan for the Adirondack Region, Panelist: Glenn Sullivan, Bob Johnson, James Balyszak, and Scott Kishbaugh)

3:00-3:10       Conceptual Plan for Developing a Joint APA/DEC Rapid Response Permit to Manage Hydrilla Using Aquatic Herbicides, Ed Snizek, APA and John Bennett, NYS DEC

3:10-3:30       Open Discussion- Provide input on minimum requirements for a Joint APA/DEC Permit and Adirondack Region Rapid Response Plan