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FWC temporarily halts invasive plant spraying

FWC temporarily halts invasive plant spraying

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state will temporarily halt treatments to curb invasive aquatic plants. The state uses herbicides to control the plants because it believes it is more cost effective than mechanical harvesters. The FWC decided to interrupt the program beginning January 28 to get input from the public. The state says invasive plants cause flooding problems, displace native plants and affect recreational use of our waterways. The public can share their comments about spraying by emailing: invasiveplants@myfwc.com

FWC to pause aquatic plant herbicide treatment while collecting public comment

For immediate release: Jan. 24, 2019
Contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 

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FWC to pause aquatic plant herbicide treatment while collecting public comment

Beginning Jan. 28, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will temporarily pause its aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state. During this pause, staff will work to collect public comments regarding the FWC’s aquatic plant management program.

The FWC will hold several public meetings to gather community input about the program. Specific dates and locations of these meetings will be announced shortly. Comments can also be sent to Invasiveplants@MyFWC.com.

Invasive plants degrade and diminish Florida’s waterways by displacing native plant communities. Some invasive aquatic plants pose a significant threat to human welfare and cause economic problems by impeding flood control and affecting recreational use of waterways.

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

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