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Public meeting to discuss Illinois pondweed on Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

Management of Illinois pondweed (Potamogeton illinoensis) onthe Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is the topic of a public meeting on July 21, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The public meeting is from 6-9 p.m. at the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Complex, Poolside Room, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

“Input from user groups is critical in creating a well-balanced approach to managing aquatic plants,” said FWC invasive aquatic plant biologist Charlie Thompson.

Representatives from the FWC will be available to answer questions about Illinois pondweed and its management.

“This meeting is part of an ongoing process that will maintain a regular dialogue with stakeholders. We hope everyone interested in management efforts for Illinois pondweed on the Winter Haven chain will attend this meeting and provide input,” Thompson said.

If you would like more information, visit and select “Invasive Plants” or call the FWC’s Lakeland regional office at 863-648-3200.

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