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Nature Conservancy Surveillance Team Searches New York Waters for Aquatic Invaders

Rapid surveys and community workshops aim to find invasives before they spread

Rochester, NY | July 25, 2014

This summer, a five person Nature Conservancy team will embark on a different kind of summer road trip—a quest for invasive species lurking in Central and Western New York’s waters.

The team will canoe, snorkel and conduct rake tosses in water bodies including the Finger Lakes, French Creek and Chautauqua Watersheds in search of Hydrilla and other interlopers.

Fragments of the highly invasive plant Hydrilla are easily transported by boats and can also be dispersed by waterfowl and water currents. Once new populations are established, Hydrilla may grow up to a foot a day. This season’s field team is charged with hunting down Hydrilla and other intruders as well as training community members to find the plants before they get established or transported to other waters.

Please contact Kate Frazer at or (339) 222-2014 to arrange interviews and field visits. Journalists and interested community members are also invited to participate in a webinar or interactive workshop with the Keuka Lake Association to learn where to look for Hydrilla, how to sample and gather suspect plants, and where to report findings.

Summer Surveillance Tour & Workshop Schedule:

  • Tioga, Broome and Chenango Counties Surveillance: July 28 – 31
  • Seneca, Tompkins, Cayuga and Onondaga Surveillance: August 4-8
  • Webinar: August 7, 2:00 pm – Join at: Password: Hydri11a (using the number 1 not the letter l)
  • Keuka Lake Workshop at Keuka College: August 7, 6:30-8 pm

Space for the workshop is limited. For more information and to RSVP, email

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Contact information

Kate Frazer
The Nature Conservancy in Central & Western NY
(339) 222-2014

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