One of the newest invasive species threats, hydrilla (water thyme, or Hydrilla verticillata), was spotted on a boat at the Upper Saranac Boat Launch. Hydrilla is commonly referred to as "Eurasian watermilfol on steroids" and has been heavily managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation since 2011. This plant is known to grow up to an inch per day, which allows them to form thick, floating mats that are so dense they block the sunlight and inhibit the growth of native aquatic plants. These mats can also hinder swimming, boating, and other water-based recreation activities, which are the main economy for many Adirondack towns and villages. This is the first confirmed instance of hydrilla detected and removed in the history of the Adirondack Park's aquatic invasive species prevention efforts.
Local News 6/22/2017
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