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FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Monday, October 26, 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 using Environmental Protection Agency-approved herbicides through Nov. 6.

During this period, water lettuce and water hyacinth found anywhere on the lake will 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 with the FWC. “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 100 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth. Scheduled treatments may be delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

“Unfortunately, high winds on Lake Rousseau hampered our efforts last week and our contractor crew hasn’t been able to treat as scheduled previously. We’re going to have to extend part of the treatment,” Kunzer said.

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



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