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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Lawne

News Release

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to treat hydrilla on Lake Lawne in Orlando on Tuesday, Dec. 13, weather permitting.

The FWC will treat the entirety of Lake Lawne for hydrilla. There are no restrictions on fishing in the treated area.

Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state’s lakes and rivers. While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from hydrilla, there are other potential impacts to consider including negative impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation, and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC strives to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

The herbicides being applied are approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

For information about this treatment, contact Kristine Campbell, FWC invasive plant management biologist, at 407-858-6170.

Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about the management of invasive plant species, including FAQs.



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