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Portions of the Cayuga Inlet are Re-opened to Boat Traffic

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Portions of the Cayuga Inlet are Re-opened to Boat Traffic

Friday, October 14, 2011
The Cayuga Inlet will be partially re-opened to normal activities this afternoon upon the successful application of the Herbicide Aquathol K (active ingredient Endothall) in the Cayuga Inlet on October 11 and 12, 2011. The application of this herbicide was part of a rapid response plan to prevent the spread of the aggressive and invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla verticillata.

The portion of the Inlet that remains closed is between the Route 79 Bridge and he Fish Ladder. This area was not included in the treatment area, and further exploration is needed to determine the extent of the Hydrilla infestation and to assess potential treatment options.

Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing has issued the following statement:
"The closure of the Cayuga Lake Inlet will be officially lifted on Friday October 14th at 3PM. A portion of the inlet will remain closed from the Route 79 Bridge south to the fish ladder. That area will remain closed until further notice. We want to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding during the treatment process of our Hydrilla infestation."

"I am highly impressed with the level of cooperation that we have received from multiple State and local agencies, businesses, the universities, and recreational users of the Inlet. This is a situation that no municipality wants to find itself in but the dedication and the commitment of the community to save our waterways has been tremendous" said City of Ithaca Mayor Carolyn K. Peterson. "We are already beginning to plan for the next phase of treatment and I look forward to strengthened and continued leadership from the State" added Peterson.

More information about Hydrilla can be found on the city's website, www.cityofithaca.org. Questions can be forwarded to City Public Information Officer Julie Conley Holcomb at julieh@cityofithaca.org or (607) 274-6570.