Field Operations Program


About Aquatic Vegetation

Aquatic vegetation plays an important role in maintaining and protecting water quality, providing shoreline stabilization and ensuring balanced fish and wildlife populations. Therefore, Florida law (F.S. 369.20) requires all persons intending to control or remove aquatic vegetation from the waters of the state to obtain a Aquatic Plant Permit from the Commission unless an exemption for the activity has been provided in statute or rule (Chapters 68F-20).

About the Program

The Section's Field Operations Program maintains offices strategically placed throughout the state. Section staff in these offices provide the following functions:

  • Provide extension/education services concerning aquatic plant management
  • Annually survey the aquatic plant communities in approximately 450 public water bodies comprising 1.25 million acres
  • Direct, review and monitor the control of non-native aquatic plants by contractors of the Commission
  • Assist and coordinate with federal, state and local governments on issues related to aquatic plant management
  • Regulate aquatic plant management activities through 2 permitting programs
  • Perform compliance/enforcement activities related to aquatic plant management

Native Plants for Lakefront Revegetation

The benefits of revegetation with native plants have been widely published.  The following is a summary of the advantages of replanting a shoreline:

  1. Food source for wildlife.
  2. Protective cover for small fish and other animals.
  3. Source of nesting material for reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
  4. Shade for fish and humans (cypress trees).
  5. Erosion control and soil stabilization.
  6. Aesthetics and landscaping appeal.
  7. Animal attractor.
  8. Nutrient uptake.
  9. Plant competition for preventing encroachment of invasive species such as hydrilla.
  10. Living surface for small insects and other invertebrates important to fisheries.

The plants listed in this PDF document, Plants for Lakefront Revegetation Adobe PDF, are species that can be used to provide one or more of the above.

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