Invasive lake species workshop coming to Skaneateles next week

— Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an invasive lake species workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Skaneateles YMCA, 97 State St. The event will feature Asian clam and hydrilla identification, prevention and monitoring, and will be free and open to the public.

There will be live specimens of the Asian clam. With the recent discovery in Otisco Lake, the Asian clam now poses a more imminent threat to Skaneateles Lake; abundant quantities of clam are also beginning to impact Owasco Lake to the west. Asian clam reproduces quickly and covers sandy lake bottoms. They can clog intake pipes, destroy native plant and animal habitats and are very costly to control.

First detected in the Cayuga Inlet in August 2011, the threat of Hydrilla spreading from the Cayuga Inlet to other finger lakes was taken very seriously. Hydrilla verticillata stems can grow up to 25 feet long. Reproduction occurs from runners and fragmented parts carried by boats and bait buckets from one lake. Wet boats create suitable habitat for fragments to live for weeks before invading another water body.

For additional information or to register, contact Sherry Martin at CCE of Onondaga County at 424-9485 ext. 232 or visit extendonondaga.org.

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