Lake Apopka aquatic plant management meeting Jan. 24
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
Managing aquatic plants in Lake Apopka is the focus of a public
meeting hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) in Winter Garden on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The meeting
is from 6-9 p.m. in Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Avenue in Newton
Park, Winter Garden.
The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on managing
aquatic plants in Lake Apopka in order to develop the 2012-13
aquatic plant management plan for the lake.
Input from a wide variety of user groups is important to create
a balanced approach to managing aquatic plants in Lake Apopka, and
the FWC will consider all comments.
"We want to know what business and property owners, anglers,
hunters, bird watchers, boaters and others who have a vested
interest in the lake think about current and future aquatic plant
levels and management options; now is the time to get involved,"
said Nathalie Visscher, an FWC invasive plant management
Visscher will provide a brief update and overview on past and
present aquatic plant management efforts. Dr. Michael Netherland
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make a presentation on
the role of aquatic vegetation in Florida waters and the
complexities associated with managing invasive plants in a
multiple-use system like Lake Apopka.
After the presentations, the FWC encourages the public to
comment and discuss the level, types and management of aquatic
vegetation desired and key areas of interest and concern.
"This is part of an ongoing process to maintain a regular
dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant management on Lake
Apopka, and we strongly encourage everyone interested in aquatic
plant management efforts on Lake Apopka to attend this meeting and
give us your thoughts," said Visscher.
For more details about the meeting, contact Nathalie Visscher at