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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Tohopekaliga

News Release

Friday, July 17, 2015

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat hydrilla in portions of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho) on July 22, weather permitting.

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’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat a total of 125 acres of hydrilla with Aquathol™ and Diquat herbicides as indicated on the attached map. There are no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

For questions about this treatment, contact Ed Harris, FWC Invasive Plant Management biologist, at 407-858-6170.

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