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Aquatic plant control scheduled for Lake Harris

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-404-6104; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 Release Date: 01-06-2021   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Harris during the week of Jan. 11, weather permitting. This treatment was originally scheduled for December, but has been postponed twice due to poor weather conditions. The FWC will treat invasive hydrilla in areas where it is encroaching on beneficial native submersed aquatic plants and may impact navigation access and flood protection. 

To find out more about the herbicides being used and if there are any use restrictions associated with these treatments, visit MyFWC.com/Lake and click on the “Plant Mgmt Schedule of Operations” under the “Aquatic Plants” dropdown menu.

The FWC manages hydrilla on a lake-by-lake basis using a collaborative approach. The FWC makes management decisions after comparing the benefits that low to moderate levels of hydrilla can provide for fish and wildlife, and the desires of various stakeholder groups against the impact this invasive plant can have on native plant communities, access and navigation, flood control and management costs. 

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake.

For more information about the treatment, contact Nathalie Visscher, FWC invasive plant management biologist, at 321-228-3364.