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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Butler Chain

News Release

Friday, May 27, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat Lake Down for hydrilla on June 3 as an additional part of the treatments from March. 

The FWC will treat the hydrilla with Sonar AS™, which is approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and commonly used by the FWC for hydrilla control. There are no restrictions for fishing, swimming or consumption by humans or animals. However, some vegetation could be sensitive, so the FWC recommends that lakefront residents do not use the treated water for irrigation for 50 days.

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible and 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 this treatment, contact Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0682.

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