Hydrilla Photo Courtesy of USFWS - Ryan Hagerty
Hydrilla has become well established in Cayuga Lake, which is the 4th most popular lake in which traveling boats visit Skaneateles Lake from. Cayuga Lake continues to inspect for boats leaving the lake that may have Hydrilla and other invasive species.
To date, the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) is not aware of any observations of the cyanobacteria Aetokthonos hydrillicola (Latin for Eagle killer that grows on Hydrilla) or any Bald Eagle deaths caused by the cyanobacteria on Cayuga Lake.
Hydrilla has not yet become established in Skaneateles Lake, but recent news regarding its potential impact on Bald Eagles and other wildlife reinforces the need to continue investment into Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention through SLA's Boat Launch steward program.
The SLA Boat Launch Steward program is mostly supported through lake association membership dollars. Please consider becoming a member and sharing this story to encourage others to help care for Skaneateles Lake.