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Invasive-plant treatment set for 2 Orange County lakes

News Release

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invasive-plant managers plan to treat lakes Fairview and Sarah in Orange County during the week of Dec.12 for the invasive, exotic plant Nymphoides cristata.

Nymphoides cristata is an aquatic plant commonly known as crested floating heart. It is important to manage and treat it to help maintain the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

The FWC will treat the Nymphoides cristata with Aquathol™ and Hydrothol™, which have no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol and Hydrothol are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes.

The FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section will post notices at the lakes' public boat ramps on the days of treatments.

For questions about this treatment, contact Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0682.

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