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Lake Lawne to be treated for hydrilla Feb. 5

News Release

Friday, February 01, 2013

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists will treat Lake Lawne in Orange County for hydrilla on Feb. 5 with the herbicides Aquathol™ and Tradewind™, both of which are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes. Both of these are commonly used by the FWC for hydrilla treatments.

There are no restrictions for fishing or swimming in the lake, drinking treated water or irrigating lawns with it. However, some newly planted ornamentals or crops might be sensitive to the treated water, so the FWC recommends that lakefront residents do not use it for those purposes for at least 90 days.

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.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will post notification at the lake’s public boat ramp (Barnett Park) on the day of treatment and will remove the notification once the final treatments have been completed.

For questions about this treatment, contact FWC invasive plant management regional biologist Alicia Knecht at 321-246-0682.

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