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FWC to treat Cherry Lake to manage water hyacinth

News Release

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be applying herbicide on water hyacinth and wild taro in Cherry Lake from April 4 through April 15.

According to FWC biologist Ryan Hamm, both are invasive nonnative plants that can severely restrict boating navigation and degrade fish and wildlife habitat if left unmanaged.

The water from the lake should not be used as potable water or irrigation for 21 days, though no potable water intakes exist on Cherry Lake. There are no other use-restrictions with this treatment.

"People can still swim and fish in Cherry Lake as we manage the invasive nonnative plants," Hamm said.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Ryan Hamm at 386-758-0525.

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