Lake Kissimmee hydrilla management meeting May 31
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
Managing hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee is the topic of a May 31
public meeting in Lake Wales hosted by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The meeting, in the
Commission chambers of the Lake Wales City Administration Building,
201 Central Avenue West, is from 6 to 9 p.m.
Public input from the wide variety of user groups on Lake
Kissimmee is critical to create a well-balanced approach to
managing hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee.
"We want to know what business owners, property owners, anglers,
hunters, bird watchers, airboaters and others who have a
vested interest in the lake think; and now is the time to get
involved," said Danielle Schobl, an FWC Invasive Plant
The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on the
management of hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee. Schobl will provide a
brief update and overview on past and present hydrilla-management
efforts. Dr. Mike Netherland from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
will make a presentation on "Understanding Factors that Influence
Expansions and Declines of Hydrilla in Florida Water Bodies."
After the presentations, the public can ask questions and speak
about the hydrilla conditions they desire and their key areas of
interest and concern. The FWC will incorporate their input in
developing the fall/spring management plan for Lake Kissimmee.
"This is the beginning of an ongoing process to maintain a
regular dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant management
on Lake Kissimmee. We hope everyone interested in hydrilla
management efforts on Lake Kissimmee will attend this meeting and
provide input," said Schobl.
For more details about the meeting, contact Danielle Schobl at