Recent Projects

Croton River Hydrilla Control Project, Wetschester County

Little Bear Environmental currently manages the Croton River Hydrilla Control Project for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Project partners include the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, SOLitude Lake Management, and SePRO Corporation. The invasive aquatic plant hydrilla was eradicated from the Croton River, and escape from this infestation into the Hudson River Estuary was prevented following 6 seasons of herbicide treatment (2017-2022).

Project Reports:
Croton River Hydrilla Control 5-Year Management Plan
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
Project Webpage

NEAPMS Plant Camp

Nicole was an instructor for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society’s first Plant Camp! Plant Camp was held at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring, NY in Sept 2022. Little Bear Environmental developed a video of some highlights.

Lake Sebago Hydrilla Control Plan, Harriman State Park

Hydrilla was discovered in Lake Sebago in 2022. Nicole was part of the response team and conducted a full-scale plant survey, tuber survey, and is currently creating a Management Plan in coordination with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and NYSDEC.

Peconic River Ludwigia peploides Control Project, Suffolk County

Little Bear worked on the team to develop NYSDEC’s 5-Year Peconic River Ludwigia peploides Management Plan. A pilot combination herbicide treatment took place in 2021, followed by full-scale treatment of the aquatic invasive plants floating-primrose willow (Ludwigia peploides) and European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae). Project partners include SOLitude Lake Mangement (2021), The Pond and Lake Connection (2022-2024), and Adirondack Research (2022-2026).

Project Documents & Reports:
Ludwigia peploides Fact Sheet
Peconic River Ludwigia Control Project 5-Year Management Plan
Project Webpage

Organisms in Trade Virtual Symposium

Long Island-Metro Aquatic Organisms in Trade: Focus on Behavior Change
Virtual Symposium
March 15&16, 2020
NYSDEC hosted a virtual symposium focusing on the role aquatic gardening, aquaria, and live markets in invasive species introductions and how to promote behavior change in these target audiences.

Fact Sheets

As part of DEC’s Invasive Species Coordination Section (ISCS), Nicole developed a series of invasive species fact sheets.

Water Chestnut Fact Sheet
Northern Snakehead Fish Fact Sheet
Spiny Waterflea Fact Sheet
Hydrilla Fact Sheet