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Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting Aug. 25

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) summer public meeting on aquatic plant management for Lake Istokpoga is Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Board Room of the Highlands County Commission, 600 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring.

The agenda includes world-renowned aquatic plants expert Dr. William Haller, professor of Agronomy and director of the University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. His specialties include: biology and management of invasive weeds, with emphasis on aquatic weeds; aquatic plant ecology; and physiology. Haller earned his doctorate in Agronomy from the University of Florida. He will discuss aquatic herbicide licensing, herbicide effectiveness and longevity in the environment and other aspects of aquatic herbicide use in Florida’s public waters.

Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions about aquatic herbicides and plant control.

Discussions with the public regarding FWC aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects, plans for upcoming hydrilla treatment areas and an update of ongoing maintenance work around the lake are also on the agenda.

 “This meeting is part of an ongoing process that maintains a regular dialogue with stakeholders. We hope everyone interested in aquatic plant management efforts will attend this meeting and provide input,” said FWC invasive aquatic plant biologist Kelle Sullivan.

Those having specific questions regarding the management of the lake may contact FWC Invasive Plant Management Section Regional Biologist Kelle Sullivan at 863-534-7074 or via email at or FWC Aquatic Habitat and Restoration Section Biological Administrator Steve Gornak at or call him at 863-824-4166.

For more information about invasive aquatic plants, or aquatic habitat enhancement and restoration, visit and select “Invasive Plants” or call the FWC’s Lakeland regional office at 863-648-3200.

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