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FWC removing aquatic plants from Lake Kissimmee

News Release

Friday, November 04, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is removing aquatic plants from Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County, starting this month and continuing through mid-January 2017.

Approximately 29 acres of noxious aquatic plants, including water primrose, spatterdock, knotweed, burhead sedge and other tussock-forming plant species, are targeted for removal from the lake.

Lake Kissimmee is one of the most valuable fish and wildlife resources in Florida, providing critical habitat for species such as the endangered Everglade snail kite.  Anglers and wildlife enthusiasts travel from all around the world to fish and view wildlife on this highly productive, 35,000-acre lake, which is about 40 miles from Orlando.

However, dense undesirable aquatic plants with associated organic material have reduced navigation on the lake and caused localized water quality impairment, resulting in degraded fish and wildlife habitat.  

This project is targeting areas on the south end of the lake in the Grape Hammock area, previously enhanced during the 1996 Lake Kissimmee Drawdown and Muck Removal Project. Aquatic plant harvesting will enhance this degraded habitat by physically removing the excessive plant biomass and associated organic material built up since the drawdown. This will allow beneficial plants to recolonize the area and provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat.

For information about this project, contact Adriene Landrum of the FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration section at 407-846-5269.

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