FWC’s aquatic plant management program mission is to reduce negative impacts from invasive plants such as water hyacinth, water lettuce and hydrilla to conserve the multiple uses and functions of public lakes and rivers. Invasive plants infest 96% of Florida’s 457 public waters inventoried in 2014 which comprise 1.25 million acres of fresh water. Once established, invasive plants are difficult or impossible to eradicate and very expensive to manage; therefore, continuous maintenance is critical to keep them at low levels to sustain amenities such as navigation, flood control and recreation while conserving native plant habitat for fish and wildlife.
A summary of plants controlled in sovereignty public waters and on FWC managed areas (Fish Management Areas and Wildlife Management Areas), and associated expenditures contracted or monitored by the FWC during Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is presented in the Annual Report of Activities Conducted under the Cooperative Aquatic Plant Control Program in Florida Public Waters for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
Additionally, the FWC files an Annual Report of Pollutant Discharges to the Surface Waters of the State from the Application of Pesticides to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection summarizing herbicide use to control aquatic plants in waters of the U.S. This report is required as a condition of Generic Permit FLG510039-IWPG issued to FWC pursuant to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
Last updated: 09 February 2015