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Clear Lake to receive hydrilla treatment

News Release

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat Clear Lake for hydrilla March 19, weather permitting, and will monitor the lake for 90 days after treatment. Clear Lake is in Orlando.

The treatment is targeted to manage hydrilla throughout the entire lake.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat the hydrilla with Sonar™, which has no restrictions for fishing or swimming.  However, since some plants may be sensitive to Sonar, it is recommended that irrigating with water from the lake be suspended until April 2.  Sonar is approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

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 321-246-0573.

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