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St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

November 30, 2016 

The FWC will begin work to install waterway markers for state-adopted manatee protection zones in the St. Johns River within Putnam, Lake and Volusia counties. The work will begin mid-January and should be completed in four to six weeks.  

FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

November 17, 2016 

The FWC’s recommendations for changes to Collier County’s manatee zones are based on recent data collected from manatee surveys, deaths and habitat use, as well as boat use data in area waters. 

FWC removing aquatic plants from Lake Kissimmee

November 04, 2016 

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. 

Watch out for migrating manatees!

November 01, 2016 

With the onset of the manatee migration, the FWC reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

November 01, 2016 

Approximately 60 acres of invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. One acre of coontail will be treated at public access points between Peaceful Acres and Bypass Channel. 

Orange Lake plant treatments scheduled

October 14, 2016 

The FWC is planning to conduct aquatic plant control treatments via helicopter on Orange Lake in Alachua County, during the week of Oct. 17-21, weather permitting.  

FWC continues plant treatments to create open water on Lake Miccosukee

October 14, 2016 

Habitat enhancement on the lake began in April and continued through July of this year. Additional work is planned for early 2017, after the end of the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season.  

Lake Toho plant treatments scheduled

October 11, 2016 

On Oct. 13, 270 acres of noxious emergent aquatic plants are scheduled for treatment along the shoreline of Lake Toho, weather permitting. The four targeted plant species are water primrose, cattail, pickerelweed and spatterdock.  

FWC says use caution in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

October 10, 2016 

Boaters should stay aware of high water areas and the risk of flooding, and understand that the water bottoms may have dramatically changed as a result of Hurricane Matthew. 

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting on Oct. 11

October 05, 2016 

Managing plants and habitat in Lake Istokpoga will be the topic of a public meeting hosted by FWC from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center Auditorium in Sebring.  

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