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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Kissimmee

News Release

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat portions of Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County for hydrilla the first week of April.

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.

The FWC will treat 375 acres by airboat with Aquathol K™, which has no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes.

For questions about this treatment, contact Danielle Kirkland, biological administrator with the FWC’s invasive plant management section, at 863-534-7074.

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