FWC Tests For Invasive Plant
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat lakes Pocket and Chase for invasive hydrilla during April, weather permitting, and will monitor the lakes for 90 days after treatment. These lakes are part of the Butler Chain of Lakes.
The FWC's Invasive Plant Management Section will post notification at the lakes' public boat ramps on the day of treatment and will remove notification once the treatments have been completed. Both lakes will be treated with herbicides commonly used by the FWC for hydrilla control approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in lakes.
Lake Pocket and Lake Chase will be treated with the herbicides Clipper? and Reward?. Turf and ornamental vegetation could be sensitive to this treatment, so the FWC recommends that lakefront residents do not use the treated water for irrigation for five days. There are no restrictions for fishing and swimming; however, livestock and human consumption should not occur within five days of the treatment.
Hydrilla is an exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible, and it 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 these treatments, contact Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0682.
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