Ithaca (WSYR-TV) - As boaters start to hit the water, an invasive plant has yet to surface near the waters of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca.
Experts say Hydrilla is there underground and when it does come up in the next several weeks, treatments on the Cayuga Inlet will start.
Hydrilla is a non-native plant that spreads very quickly and can jam up waterways, devastating the tourism and boating industry.
The plant was found in the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca two years ago. Since then, there's been a fight to keep it from spreading into the lake.
So far, the program manger tells us treatments from last year were incredibly effective.
Treatments involve injecting an herbicide into the water.
With closer to normal temperatures last winter, the cold helped to slow the growth of the plant.
Right now, water temperatures are still cooler which is keeping the Hydrilla underground.
Hydrilla program manager James Balyszak says, “The overall vegetative growth above the sediment hasn't been seen yet, so we're kind of looking mid or end of June where we'd see the growth warranting herbicide treatment."
Before they can treat the water, Balyszak says they need to put out a 24 hour notice.
He says the inlet will also need to be closed for a day with a no swimming restriction.