FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from March 13 through 24, weather permitting.
Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake.
Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include Peaceful Acres Public Ramp to the Main Trail, County Trail C, South Shoreline Trail (south of County Trail C) and Buddy’s Shoreline Trail.
Biologists anticipate treating about 107 acres of hydrilla and 20 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth with herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an FWC invasive plant management biologist. “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed.”
There is a seven-day restriction for using water from treated areas for drinking or for 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 Florida’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.
Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently asked questions.”
For more information about this treatment, contact Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.