Lakes Pocket and Chase hydrilla treatments in April
Friday, April 08, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) will treat lakes Pocket and Chase for invasive
hydrilla during April, weather permitting, and will monitor the
lakes for 90 days after treatment. These lakes are part of the
Butler Chain of Lakes.
The FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section will
post notification at the lakes' public boat ramps on the day of
treatment and will remove notification once the treatments have
been completed. Both lakes will be treated with herbicides commonly
used by the FWC for hydrilla control approved by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in lakes.
Lake Pocket and Lake Chase will be treated with the herbicides
Clipper™ and Reward™. Turf and ornamental vegetation could be
sensitive to this treatment, so the FWC recommends that lakefront
residents do not use the treated water for irrigation for five
days. There are no restrictions for fishing and swimming; however,
livestock and human consumption should not occur within five days
of the treatment.
Hydrilla is an exotic aquatic plant spread easily
by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs
waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible,
and it chokes out beneficial native plants. Managing and treating
it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable
continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.
For questions about these treatments, contact
Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at