Hydrilla is an aquatic invasive that has been found in Tompkins County

Aquatic Invasives

Plant and animal invasives threaten our watersheds here in the Finger Lakes and elsewhere, but residents can be informed, and learn ways to identify, report and help control their presence.

    Zebra mussel

    Zebra Mussels

    Zebra mussels filter vast amounts of plankton, which decreases the food source of other species and subsequently causes a lack of clarity in the water. Learn the dangers of zebra mussels and how to prevent their spread, here.

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    Asian shore crab

    Asian Shore Crab

    The Asian Shore Crab originated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean and their growing population threaten both coastal ecosystems and aquaculture operations. Learn the dangers of Asian shore crab and how to prevent its spread, here.

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    Chinese mystery snail

    Chinese Mystery Snail

    Chinese mystery snails can form dense populations and outcompete native species for food and habitat in lakes and streams. Learn the dangers of Chinese mystery snail and how to prevent its spread, here.

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    Asian carp jumping usgs

    Asian Carp

    “Asian carp” typically refers to two species of invasive fish introduced from Asia: the bighead carp and the silver carp. Learn the dangers of Asian carp and how to prevent its spread, here.

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    Last updated June 29, 2015