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Hydrilla treatment set for Osceola Co. lakes

News Release

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

During November and December, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat hydrilla in portions of five Osceola County lakes: Cypress, Hatchineha, Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee and Jackson. All scheduled management efforts are subject to weather conditions.

The lakes will be monitored after treatment.

There are no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation after treatment. Aquathol K™ is a herbicide approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for use in lakes.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat:

  • 385 acres of hydrilla on Lake Cypress on Nov. 13 and 14;
  • 301 acres of hydrilla on Lake Hatchineha on Nov. 13 and 14;
  • 3,015 acres of hydrilla on Lake Toho on Nov. 13-15, Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4 and 5, and Dec. 18 and 19;
  • 867 acres of hydrilla on Lake Kissimmee on Dec. 4-6; and
  • 500 acres of hydrilla on Lake Jackson on Dec. 4-6.

Hydrilla is an invasive, nonnative aquatic plant spread easily by boats. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible and chokes out beneficial native plants. Treatments are planned to enhance navigation, protect flood-prone areas and prevent encroachment by hydrilla on beneficial native aquatic plants. Hydrilla management strikes a balance between reducing the presence of the plant and the beneficial factors for recreational anglers, waterfowl hunters and endangered snail kites.

Scientific research and the economics of attempting to manage it provide a compelling reason to keep it out of new areas or control it before it harms native fish and wildlife habitat, navigation, flood-control efforts, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation and the aesthetic qualities of Florida lakes.

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

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