Invasive Species

Hydrilla Management

Hydrilla Management

Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) is an invasive aquatic plant from Asia. It forms into dense mats that:

  • grow where no other plants can grow (in pratically all conditions)
  • spread by fragments, tubers and seed-like winter buds
  • exacerbate the growth of algae
  • block out native species
  • harm fisheries by cosuming disolved oxygen
  • interfere with areas that are traditionally used for recreation
  • obstruct the operation of drinking water infrastructure

Download the Hydrilla FAQs

Prevent the Spread of Hydrilla

While boating or fishing in the watershed, we encourage you to:

  • avoid passing through it by boat to keep it from spreading
  • clean your gear thoroughly to keep it out of new waterbodies
  • Submit an Invasive Species Report Form if you think you’ve seen it

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Hydrilla Infestation at New Croton Reservoir

We are collaborating with New York State to manage an infestation of hydrilla at New Croton Reservoir and downstream in the Croton River. If left unchecked at New Croton Reservoir, hydrilla has the potential to spread throughout the region and affect other waterbodies.

Expert Panel Report on Hydrilla Management

Together with the Water Research Foundation, we assembled an expert panel that reviewed plans to manage the infestation at New Croton Reservoir. Based on the panel’s advice, we are piloting a program to remove this invasive plant from the reservoir and solidify a control strategy that will expand to the entire infestation in the reservoir in the years ahead.

Download the Expert Panel Report: Chemical Management of Hydrilla for Drinking Water Utilities