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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

News Release

Monday, July 25, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the weeks of Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, weather permitting, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

About 90 acres of invasive hydrilla will be treated in boat trails on this lake bordering Citrus and Levy counties. Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include: Peaceful Acres Shoreline, Buddy’s Trail, east end of County Trail B, County Trail C, South Shoreline Trail (south of County Trail C), Goldendale Boat Ramp, River Retreats Trail, Hamic Estates Trail and Lighthouse Cove Trail. In addition, about 100 acres of invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake.

There will be no restrictions on fishing or swimming in treated areas. Any edible fish caught legally may be consumed.

However there is a 7-day restriction for using water from the treated areas for human or animal consumption. There also is a 5-day restriction on using treated water for irrigation of food crops and ornamentals grown in greenhouses or nurseries. No restrictions are necessary for other uses of treated water, such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops. 

Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state’s lakes and rivers. While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from hydrilla, there are other potential impacts to consider, including negative impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC strives to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

For more information contact Bruce Jaggers, FWC invasive plant biologist, at 352-726-8622.

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