FWC to treat Wekiva Spring hydrilla
Monday, February 18, 2013
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat the Wekiva lagoon and spring run for hydrilla during the week of Feb. 25, weather permitting, and will monitor the river for 90 days after treatment.
Wekiva Spring is in Wekiva Spring State Park in Orange County. About 6.5 acres will be treated. To ensure public safety, the area will be closed to the public during the herbicide application.
The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat the hydrilla with Aquathol SuperK ™, which has no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol is approved for use in lakes and rivers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The FWC will post notification at the river’s public boat ramps on the day of treatments and will remove notification once the treatments have been completed.
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 Nathalie Visscher, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-228-3364.