FWC Sample Annual Workplan
- Identifies the state fiscal year for which the workplan authorizes control. The state fiscal year extends from July 1 through June 30.
- Identifies the entity or operator (agency or private company) contracted with the FWC to manage aquatic plants in the management area.
- The water body for which this annual workplan has been developed. One workplan is authorized for each eligible water body in which plants may require control.
- The FWC tracking code to record annual plant inventory and management efforts in each Florida public water body.
- The county to which each public water body has been assigned. Some waters lie wholly within one county. Most waters form county boundaries or cross into or through multiple counties, but are assigned to only one county for administrative purposes.
- The size of the water body as reported in the Gazetteer of Florida Lakes.
- FWC field biologists identify the primary uses of each public water body to understand which functions may be impaired by excessive plant growth. Understanding the uses of public lakes and rivers also influences the selection of plant management tools as well as timing and magnitude of management strategies.
- While all non-target plant and animal species are important, extra precautions are taken to protect listed species and conserve their habitat and forage. Knowing which species may utilize the water body influences control methods, timing and extent of control efforts.
- Management objectives are summarized for the aquatic plants listed on the workplan that currently impair or may impair identified uses of the water body if not controlled.
- Plants are listed that are likely to require control during the state fiscal year. The invasive submersed plant hydrilla and floating water hyacinth and water lettuce are the primary management objectives of the Cooperative Aquatic Plant control Program. Their invasiveness is well documented and if present, are usually managed at some point during the year. An explanation is required for other, lower priority plants that may require control.
- This is an estimate of the amount of control that may be required for each plant species during the course of the year.
- The estimated cost includes the labor and materials for which the FWC allocates funds to reimburse the contractor. FWC may supply materials in lieu of additional funds to reimburse for expenditures.
- These are all of the methods that may be applied during the year. The method applied depends on the conditions at the time of control. Control methods must be: compatible with the major uses identified for each water body, cost-effective in controlling the target plant, and as selective as possible in conserving or enhancing native, non-target vegetation.
- The entity applying herbicides to control aquatic plants must make a reasonable effort to notify stakeholders of any water use restrictions that may be associated with the herbicide.