Aquatic Plant Management

Florida's Fresh Waters:

  • 1.5 million acres of lakes and rivers
  • 7,700 lakes and ponds
  • 1,400 rivers and streams
  • 450 public lakes and rivers
  • Generates $1.9 billion annual fishing revenue
  • Employs 19,519 jobs
  • Generates $55 million annual state sales and motor fuel tax revenue

About the Program Invasave Plants

The Section's aquatic plant management program designs, funds, coordinates, and contracts invasive non-native aquatic plant control efforts in Florida's 1.25 million acres of public waters under Florida Statute and Rule External Website. Public water bodies are sovereignty waters accessible by public boat ramps. Invasive non-native aquatic plants, mostly hydrilla, water hyacinth, and water lettuce, are managed in several hundred water bodies each year.

Hydrilla Management in Florida: A Summary and Discussion of Issues Identified by Professionals with Future Management Recommendations Adobe PDF

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Website for the interested public

Plant Management In Florida Waters; All you want to know about Forida's lakes, rivers, springs, marshes, swamps and canals External Website is a collaboration of the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida, and the Invasive Plant Management Section, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Floridians ask many thousands of questions about a significant environmental and economic issue in our state: the management of our freshwaters, especially of aquatic and wetland plants. They ask their more-than-100 government management agencies, their legislative representatives, their Water Lettuceeducators and their advocacy groups. The FWC Invasive Plant Management Section is the "lead agency" for aquatic plant management in Florida. View the overview of the Section's role External Website.

This web site was born of the need to help answer citizens' questions in a single, easy-to-get-to location.

For plant pictures, drawings, identification, information, books, etc. feel free to check out the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants External Website.

FWC Facts:
Alligators have inhabited Florida's marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for millions of years. They are found in all 67 counties.

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