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Hydrilla treatment set for 2 Osceola County lakes

News Release

Friday, November 18, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat portions of lakes Cypress and Kissimmee for hydrilla during the week of Nov. 28, weather permitting, and will monitor the lakes for 90 days after treatment. Both lakes are in Osceola County.

The FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section will treat the hydrilla in both lakes with Aquathol K™ applied by helicopter. Aquathol K™ has no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol is approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The treatments will consist of about 387 acres of trails and other access/flood-protection areas on Lake Cypress and about 79 acres of trails on Lake Kissimmee.

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible, and chokes out beneficial native plants. Managing and treating it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

For questions about this treatment, contact Ed Harris, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 407-858-6170.

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