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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Herbicide Application Competed!

As of 9:00pm last night, the application of the herbicide Endothall was completed on Cayuga Inlet, and the inlet should be open to boating today.  Please be sure to head the instructions on the yellow warning signs, however!  Details are available at  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

HYDRILLA - We Need Your Help!

The Future For Cayuga??
Last night's public meeting on hydrilla in the Cayuga Inlet focused largely on meeting permitting requirements for upcoming herbicide applications.  Unfortunately, it is becoming clear that other aspects of the proposed hydrilla plan are in danger of not happening at all. 

Monitoring, in particular, is critical, as we do not know (a) the extent of the hydrilla incursion, or (b) the present character of the plant community in southern Cayuga Lake.  Without this information, we will not be able to assess the impact or efficacy of herbicide applications to our lake and water supply.  In fact, the presence of hydrilla in the lake itself, would tell us that the use of herbicides in the Inlet is nearly pointless, and hydrilla will simply return to the inlet from the lake.

A good part of the problem here stems from the fact that our State Senators, Nozzolio, Seward & O'Mara have failed to follow through on funding promised back in March!  Further, our local officials are all too willing to wait for the State to pick up the tab... but ultimately it will be our community that pays to price if hydrilla gets out of hand. 

Our State reps., and our local elected officials need to hear from you on this!  We've posted letter templates and contact info on www.floatingclassroom.netLet's make some noise!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

ScienCenter Cruises Cayuga!

Alberto and young science monsters
 setting up water flow tests with gravel,
sand and lake-bed sediments.
We hosted Alberto Lopez, museum educator from the ScienCenter on today's eco-cruise!  Full boat of happy, inquisitive people and an absolutely perfect day on the lake!  Our intrepid young and old scientists did a great job and we want to extend our thanks to Alberto for a job well done!

Guests got to explore the boat and learn the ways of water during "Where Does Water Go?"  We discovered it takes along time for water to leave the ocean!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


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Hydrilla Monitoring Teams Forming!  Individuals & groups can join lake monitoring cruises during June & July.  Training provided.   Get Details!

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