Kissimmee Chain of Lakes aquatic plant management meeting is July 13
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
The meeting in Kissimmee is from 6-8 p.m. in the fourth-floor
County Commission Chambers, Osceola County Administration Building,
1 Courthouse Square.
"We want to know what business owners, property owners, anglers,
hunters, bird watchers, airboaters and others who have a
vested interest in the chain of lakes think," said Ed Harris, FWC
invasive plant management biologist. "Now is the time to get
Public input from the wide variety of user groups on the
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes lakes Kissimmee,
Hatchineha, Cypress, Jackson, Tohopekaliga and East Lake
Tohopekaliga, is critical to create a well-balanced approach to
managing hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants.
The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on the
management of invasive aquatic plants. Before public comment, staff
will make short presentations on the results of the Lake Kissimmee
hydrilla meeting in Lake Wales and the management of hydrilla,
pondweed and emergent vegetation such as pickerelweed. After
presentations, the public may ask questions about key areas of
interest and provide comments about the conditions they desire. The
FWC will incorporate public input in developing future aquatic
plant management plans for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
"This is just the beginning of an ongoing process that will
maintain a regular dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant
management on the Kissimmee Chain. We hope everyone
interested in aquatic plant management efforts will attend this
meeting and provide input," Harris said.
For more details about the meeting, contact Ed Harris at