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FWC conducts aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Monday, March 21, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting aquatic weed control operations on Lake Rousseau through April 8, using Environmental Protection Agency-approved herbicides.

During this period, water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake.

“There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an invasive plant management biologist with the FWC. “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. Boat trails will also be maintained. Scheduled treatments may be delayed due to adverse weather conditions. 

“Extreme wind conditions may require rescheduling of herbicide treatments past April 8,” Jaggers said.

If these invasive plants are not controlled, recreational activities, navigation, flood control and fish and wildlife populations may be negatively impacted, according to Jaggers.

For additional information, call Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.

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