Hydrilla treatment set for 2 Osceola County lakes
Friday, November 18, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
treat portions of lakes Cypress and Kissimmee for hydrilla during
the week of Nov. 28, weather permitting, and will monitor the lakes
for 90 days after treatment. Both lakes are in Osceola County.
The FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section will treat the
hydrilla in both lakes with Aquathol K™ applied by helicopter.
Aquathol K™ has no restrictions for fishing, swimming or
irrigation. Aquathol is approved for use in lakes by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
The treatments will consist of about 387 acres of trails and
other access/flood-protection areas on Lake Cypress and about 79
acres of trails on Lake Kissimmee.
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 Ed Harris, FWC
invasive plant management regional biologist, at 407-858-6170.