The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation adopted an emergency rule to allow for herbicide treatment to combat hydrilla, an invasive plant species that has plagued parts of the Cayuga Inlet since last summer.
Hydrilla spreads quickly and outcompetes native aquatic species.
This temporary, emergency regulation allows the use of fluridone pellets in waters less than two feet deep for 90 days. Upon the regulation’s expiration, DEC intends to renew it until a permanent rule is in place. The rule amends 6 NYCRR 326.2(b)(4)(ii), which prohibits the application of fluridone pellet formulations in waters less than two feet deep.