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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee

News Release

Monday, June 25, 2018

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-251-2130; Carol Lyn Parrish, 850-556-2269

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FWC photo by Katie Johnson.

Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXRCfCq

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee from June 25 through June 27, weather permitting. Lake Okeechobee is the state’s largest lake, covering parts of Palm Beach, Martin, Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties in south Florida.

There will be two separate herbicide treatments conducted on the lake during this time:

Both treatments will be conducted using herbicides approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We would like to thank local stakeholders who provided the request that helped develop and initiate the flow ways project,” said Mariah McInnis, regional biologist with the FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section.

There will be no restrictions on recreational activities on Lake Okeechobee immediately following the application, but the FWC is asking the public to avoid both areas during the times they are undergoing treatment.

Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

For more information, contact Mariah McInnis at 352-601-1367.

 

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