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Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Louise

News Release

Monday, June 03, 2013

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-732-1225

Lake Louise in Windermere is scheduled to undergo hydrilla treatment by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Orange County on June 11. Inclement weather will push the treatment to June 12.

Hydrilla is an invasive, exotic aquatic plant spread easily throughout 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 ensure access to recreational boating and other activities, according to the FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section officials.

The FWC will treat hydrilla with AquatholTM in Lake Louise. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved this chemical for use in lakes. After treatment, there are no restrictions for swimming, fishing or irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops. However, treated water shouldn't be used for seven days after treatment on annual nursery or greenhouse crops, including hydroponics and newly seeded or transplanted annual crops, newly seeded or transplanted ornamentals, and newly sodded or seeded turf.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will post notices at the lake’s public boat ramps on the day of the treatments and will remove these signs once the final treatments have been completed. FWC biologists will use R.D. Keene’s Point Boat Ramp on Lake Isles Worth during the treatments.

For questions about this treatment contact C.J. Greene, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 407-276-4284.

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