Hydrilla Godzilla

in 2011, the extremely aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet. Since then, there has been a vigorous and intelligent campaign to control and eradicate this pest that potentially could spread throughout much of the state, permanently clogging waterways and causing enormous economic and ecological damage. In this episode of Walk in the Park, Hilary Lambert of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network explains the Hydrilla issue and what has been done to date in the southern Cayuga Lake area. Ms. Lambert gave this presentation at the Ithaca, NY U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary station on February 27, 2016, as part of a workshop called “Caring for Cayuga.” You can find out more about the Hydrilla issue at Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, at the Stop Hydrilla Taskforce  and at the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

Watch this episode (139) on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) or online right here! Cablecast schedule:

9 PM, Thursday, June 2, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and 8 PM Tuesday June 7. Or watch it now here!

Walk in the Park is a non-commercial public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.
Photo: The junction of Cascadilla Creek (lower left) and Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, where Hydrilla was discovered by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom nearly five years ago. The Ithaca Farmers’ Market is left of center. By Bill Hecht.

Waterfront Parks in Ithaca: Cass Park, Treman Marina, and East Shore Park

Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3), next Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00, and right now, below, online!

South end of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca NY, Finger Lakes, aerial

The south end of Cayuga Lake. Photo by Bill Hecht

This week on Walk in the Park TV (episode 55), we visit Cass Park and Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, in the city of Ithaca and along Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake. We also look at the new interpretive sign at East Shore Park in the Town of Ithaca, the only public access to Cayuga Lake in the Town.

At Cass Park, we look at severe damage to trees from the Labor Day storm. At Treman Marina, we visit with Allison of the Finger Lakes Institute as she explains how she inspects boats at the marina and educates boaters about “aquatic hitchhikers,” invasive aquatic plants, including hydrilla, that can become attached to boats with the danger that they will be transported to other waters.

We also pop over to Seneca Lake and Schuyler County to look at footage of Hector Falls swollen by the Labor Day rainstorm. And we also enjoy the abstract patterns of rippling water at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca.

We begin this episode, recorded on Sept. 11, 2013, with a tribute to the people who lost their lives in New York City in the World Trade Center attacks twelve years ago, and visit the National 9-11 Memorial.

Watch it here!

Walk in the Park episode 55 starts tonight!


Taughannock Falls State Park, at the end of the Gorge Trail, Trumansburg, NY, near Ithaca, in the Finger Lakes.

Taughannock Falls

Walk in the Park TV episode 55, recorded on September 11, 2013, will premiere tonight on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) at  9:00 p.m. It will repeat according to this schedule through next Tuesday. And it will be posted on this vidblog soon! Check back at walkinpark.com soon to watch the show online.

 

Getting the Drift on Cayuga Lake


Driftwood and other debris at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY

Accumulated debris at Stewart Park along the shore of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY

It’s quite a mess, isn’t it? Logs, branches, other plant material, and trash often wash up to the shore at Stewart Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY following heavy rains and flash floods in the watershed. Fall Creek and Cayuga Inlet, the two largest streams entering the lake (with the exception of the Seneca River at the extreme northern end) are channelized through the city and shoot their flood-fed pulses of muddy, debris-laden floodwaters into the lake at the farther end of the scene depicted here. Prevailing winds from the west (the horizon) tend to push floating material to the southeast corner of the lake, making a mess at what might otherwise be a nice beach.

This probably explains why the very aggressive invasive aquatic weed hydrilla has recently been found in this area, formerly thought to be confined to Cayuga Inlet where eradication efforts have been working well. This opens up a whole new dimension to the battle to keep this plant from taking over all the shallow areas of the lake and spreading to the entire Finger Lakes-Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system. Find out more in this week’s current episode of Walk in the Park TV, showing here online and this morning (Sunday, 9/8/13) at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access channel 13 (or 97.3), and again finally on Tuesday, 9/10/13 at 8:00 p.m.

Hydrilla and Round Gobies in Cayuga Lake

Episode 54 of Walk in the Park TV is now showing! See it beginning tonight (Thursday, 9/5/13) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) or right here online!

In our show today:
The aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca a couple of years ago by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. A massive effort to control this plant has greatly reduced its numbers, but recently plants were found in nearby Fall Creek and in Cayuga Lake itself near Stewart Park, an alarming development as this plant could threaten to clog shallow waters throughout the Great Lakes basin. Also discovered in Cayuga Lake for the first time is the invasive exotic fish the round goby, seen near Taughannock Point at Taughannock Falls State Park.
Finally, we go back to Stewart Park for the 30th annual Labor Picnic on Labor Day, sponsored by the Mdistate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Worker Center. Heros in the movement to get more employers to pay a living wage in the county were honored. The Evil City String Band put on a little concert.

See the show here now!  (29 minutes)