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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Kissimmee

News Release

Monday, February 20, 2017

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335; Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat portions of Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County for invasive hydrilla from Feb. 20 through March 3, weather permitting.

The FWC will treat 404 acres of Lake Kissimmee using herbicides approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. There are no restrictions on fishing and swimming 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.

For more information about this treatment, contact Danielle Kirkland, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 863-534-7074.

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



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