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Lake Toho plant treatments scheduled

News Release

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-732-1225

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to conduct aquatic plant control treatments via helicopter on portions of Lake Tohopekaliga, also known as Lake Toho, in Osceola County.

On Oct. 13, 270 acres of noxious emergent aquatic plants are scheduled for treatment along the shoreline of Lake Toho, weather permitting.

The four targeted plant species are water primrose, cattail, pickerelweed and spatterdock, also known as cow lily. These plants grow aggressively and, if left unmanaged, promote the buildup of organic sediment on the lake bottom. This buildup can result in degradation of fish spawning areas and aquatic invertebrate habitat.

These plants also can outcompete other plant species desirable for fish and wildlife, and reduce recreational access to shallow portions of the lake. The spatterdock treatments specifically will create access for recreational users and provide edges within plant beds for angling.

The herbicides selected for the Lake Toho plant treatment are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes. No treatment-related restrictions on fishing, swimming or irrigation are necessary.

For more information on the treatment, contact biologist Tim Coughlin with the FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section at 407-846-5191.

For information about fishing on Lake Toho, go to, click on “Freshwater Fishing,” then on “Sites and Forecast” and “Lakes and Rivers.”

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