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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the week of June 6, weather permitting, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

About 100 acres of invasive hydrilla will be treated in boat trails on this lake bordering Citrus and Levy counties. Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include: Peaceful Acres Public Ramp to the Main Trail, County Trail A, County Trail B, South Shoreline Trail (south of County Trail C) and the Inglis Dam Public Ramp. In addition, about 20 acres of invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake, primarily in the Old Mill and River Retreats areas.

There will be no restrictions on fishing or swimming in treated areas. There is a 7-day restriction for using water from treated areas for human or animal consumption. However there are no restrictions for other uses of treated water such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops. 

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 potential negative impacts to consider, including impacts on beneficial native fish and wildlife habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC attempts to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

For more information, contact FWC invasive plant management biologist Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.

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