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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Cypress

News Release

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-732-1225

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to treat hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant, in portions of Lake Cypress for the week beginning Monday, Nov. 16. The scheduled treatment is subject to weather conditions.

The FWC will be treating 580 acres of hydrilla with herbicides on Lake Cypress, a 4,100-acre lake in Osceola County. There are no restrictions on fishing or swimming in the treated areas.

Hydrilla 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 and to enable continued recreational boating, flood protection and other aquatic activities.

The herbicides being applied are approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from the hydrilla, there are other potential negatives to consider including impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC attempts to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

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

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