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FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting aquatic weed control operations in Lake Rousseau from July 6-17, using EPA-approved herbicides.

During this period, tussocks blocking or threatening any boat navigation access will be treated. Water lettuce and water hyacinth found on the lake will also be treated. In addition, hydrilla that’s blocking navigation channels or blocking access corridors to those channels will be sprayed.

“There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said John Kunzer, an invasive plant management biologist. “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed. There is a five-day restriction from using treated water for irrigation of both food crops and ornamentals grown in greenhouses or nurseries.”

Biologists anticipate treating approximately 10 acres of tussocks and 15 acres of floating plants. Only the hydrilla blocking navigation access will be treated. Approximately 130 surface acres of hydrilla will be treated.

Scheduled treatments may be delayed due to adverse environmental conditions.

“If these invasive plants are not controlled, recreational activities, navigation, flood control and fish and wildlife populations may be negatively impacted,” Kunzer explained.



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