Invasive plant treatment at 2 Orange County Florida lakes



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) invasive plant managers began treating lakes Fairview and Sarah in Orange County earlier this week for the invasive, exotic plant Nymphoides cristata, and should be finished by Friday.

Nymphoides cristata is an invasive, exotic aquatic plant commonly known as crested floating heart. It’s important to manage and treat it to help maintain the health of Florida’s waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

The FWC will treat the Nymphoides cristata with Aquathol and Hydrothol, which have no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation. Aquathol and Hydrothol are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes.

The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section has posted notification of the treatment at the lake’s public boat ramps.

For questions about this treatment, contact Alicia Knecht, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0682.

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