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Invasive plant treatments planned for Lake Fairview

News Release

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) invasive plant managers plan to treat Lake Fairview in Orange County during the first week of June for the invasive, exotic plants hydrilla and Nymphoides cristata, commonly known as floating heart.

It’s important to control these aquatic invasives in order to help maintain the health of Florida’s waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

The FWC will treat the hydrilla in select areas with Aquathol™, and the Nymphoides cristata with Aquathol™ , Hydrothol™ and Diquat™.  Turf and ornamental vegetation could be sensitive to these treatments, 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 humans should not drink treated water within five days of the treatment. All three herbicides are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will post notification at the lake’s public boat ramps on the day of treatments.

For questions about this treatment, contact Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0682.

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