DNR in the news: Rapid response

Check out the link below! It indicates an area where DNR is taking the lead on a rapid response to a potential environmental disaster on Cayuga Lake and the other Finger Lakes and Great Lakes to which Cayuga Lake is connected. DNR SEA and NYS Invasive Species Institute Coordinator Holly Menninger is leading an effort to respond to the local Hydrilla infestation, hopefully nipping it in the bud before it spreads throughout the lake and beyond. Holly is trying to garner DEC and other support for this effort.

(http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Hydrilla-spotted-in-Cayuga-Inlet-first-time-in-CNY/jNLHkKK6iUK7fUzHIJt4rg.cspx)

Holly Menninger, coordinator of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute located within DNR, has been integrally involved in coordinating a rapid response to the newly detected hydrilla infestation in the Cayuga Inlet.  Hydrilla, considered one of the most aggressive invasive aquatic plants in the world, had not previously been found in Upstate New York, and there is serious concern that it will spread into Cayuga Lake and lakes in the region.

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Recently, the work of DNR SEA and NYS EDEN Director Keith Tidball is doing in response to Hurricane Irene and flooding in NYS has been noticed by many across NYS, particularly in CCE and Ag & Markets.