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FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Friday, September 04, 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 EPA approved herbicides from Sept. 8-17.

During this period, water lettuce and water hyacinth found on the lake will be treated. In addition, hydrilla blocking navigation channels in Buddy’s Trail, County Trail C and Old Mill 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 FWC invasive plant management biologist. “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed. There is a 5-day restriction from using treated water for irrigation of both food crops and ornamentals grown in greenhouses or nurseries.”

Biologists anticipate treating approximately 30 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth. Only the hydrilla blocking navigation access in the three named trails will be treated. Approximately 33 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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