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Aerial spraying planned to control invasive plants on St. Johns River

News Release

Friday, August 19, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Greg Workman, 352-732-1225

In late August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aerial spraying to control invasive water hyacinth and water lettuce on a 20-mile meandering section of the St. Johns River in Brevard and Seminole counties.

The aerial spraying will be conducted by Coastal Air Service Inc. utilizing helicopters. It is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 and potentially Aug. 29, weather permitting.

The treatment of invasive plants will be conducted on targeted areas of the river, starting about 2 miles north of State Road 520 and continuing north along the river ending at the southern tip of Lake Harney.

The chemicals to be applied, Penoxsulam and Flumioxazin, are approved for use in aquatic sites. There will be no restrictions on using the water for swimming, fishing, irrigation or drinking during the spraying.

For questions about this project, contact C.J. Greene, FWC Invasive Plant Management biologist, at 321-246-0505.

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