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11/13/2011

CUAUV Joins Floating Classroom Project on Cayuga Lake


The vehicle ready on back of the boatJeff and his Compy making magic
On the 22nd of October, CUAUV along with a research group from SUNY Cortland, and members of the Ithaca High School Robotics Team boarded the Floating Classroom Project and set course for the mouth of Cayuga Lake. The purpose of our visit was to observe the effectiveness of an herbicide in deterring the spread of Hydrilla, an invasive plant species, to the mouth of Cayuga Lake. The vehicle was deployed in two locations and sent to a maximum depth of 12 meters in order to observe the lake bottom. No Hydrilla was seen from our dives; additionally, it appeared that other plant life remained unaffected by the herbicide. Our vehicle's voyage concluded by inspecting the propeller of the Floating Classroom Project. Here is a video containing footage taken by the vehicle: http://www.youtube.com/user/CornellAUV#p/a/u/0/GBoRBMqZgic For more information on the Floating Classroom Project, click on the link below: http://floatingclassroom.cayugawatershed.org/



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