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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for two Osceola County lakes

News Release

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat portions of Lake Hatchineha and Lake Kissimmee for hydrilla the first week of November.

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic aquatic plant that is easily spread by boats moving 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 will treat 515 acres on Lake Hatchineha and 532 acres on Lake Kissimmee next week by airboat with Aquathol K™, which has no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes.

For questions about this treatment, contact Danielle Kirkland, biological administrator with the FWC’s invasive plant management section, at 863-534-7074.

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