About five years back, Dave Heck and wife Joyce of Lansing saw that we were not reaching enough lake boaters with information about how to prevent the spread of hydrilla. They explored the roads down to the lake – around its 92 mile circumference– and set up info dispensers at parks, restaurants, boat launches, and marinas.

This year, Dave made calls and paid visits, and members of Dave’s Team set up the dispensers. Right now, Tom Casella has the north end, Jenn Grillo Tufano the northeast shoreline, Hilary Lambert south to King Ferry, and Dave is covering the Lansing Waterfront.

We are seeking volunteers to help replenish the i.d. kit supply at sites from Treman Marina north to the Sheldrake area, from now to the end of October. This project takes about one hour per week, with driving.

If you are interested in joining the Hydrilla Helpers Team, contact us at programs@cayugalake.org.


During July and August 2018, Hilary Lambert, Carly Siege and Jenn Grillo Tufano installed Hydrilla Information Dispensers with up-to-date information on Hydrilla, how to spot this plant, and why it is a menace to Cayuga Lake. Tom Casella and Dave Heck were busy placing the dispensers at other sites in Lansing and on the northwest shoreline. Here are some photos taken at the Hydrilla Information Dispenser Sites:

Boat Launch at Taughannock Falls State Park

Cayuga Marina Outfitters, near Mud Lock at the lake’s north end

Frontenac Harbor Marina, Union Springs

Boat launch, Mud Lock

Town Hall, Covert NY

Hibiscus Harbor Boat Launch

Long Point State Park

The Busy Bee Boat Launch and Marketplace

Taughannock Falls State Park, Paddle Boat Center

Springport, NY

Union Springs Town Hall

Kayak and canoe launch, Cayuga Village