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FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Tuesday, October 13, 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 through Oct. 23, using EPA-approved herbicides.

During this period, water lettuce and water hyacinth found anywhere on the lake will be treated. In addition, hydrilla blocking the navigation channel in Lighthouse Cove Trail will also be treated.

“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 60 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth. Only the hydrilla blocking navigation access in the named trail will be treated there. Approximately 12 surface acres of hydrilla will be treated. Scheduled treatments may be delayed due to adverse weather 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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