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A Manager’s Definition of Aquatic Plant Control

Michael D. Netherland US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory Editor, Journal of Aquatic Plant Management Jeffrey D. Schardt Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Invasive Plant Management Section Introduction Aquatic plant management is a complex discipline that blends the predictable sciences of water chemistry and hydrology with the highly variable parameters of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fishermen, boaters, swimmers and others often question the need for, and safety of, weed control programs. Following are a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers regarding Florida's aquatic plant management program. Are aquatic herbicides safe to use? All herbicides should be handled with great care, especially in their concentrated form. Once diluted […]

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Florida Wildlife

Aquatic plant management in Florida considers the needs of our unique wildlife. All plant control work is planned and carried out in concurrence with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and, when plant control might impact endangered species, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Plant managers work to help conserve and enhance wildlife […]

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Freshwater Fish

Fish use aquatic plants for spawning and nursery areas, as well as for food. Some fish and their fry eat aquatic plants and the algae and small animals that are attached to the stems and leaves. Aquatic plants also offer refuge from predators such as larger fish and water birds. Submersed aquatic plants also generate […]

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Flood Control

Florida would be an entirely different state were it not for flood control. It has enabled Florida to become a top tourist destination, a popular spot for winter residents, a leading agricultural producer, and a place with thousands of waterfront homes. Flood control structure on Lake Okeechobee During the land boom of the 1920s, developers […]

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Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a chemical process that occurs in many forms of bacteria and virtually all plants, including aquatic plants and algae. Using just three simple ingredients (carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight) plants and bacteria are able to make their own food. Early forms of algae and bacteria were the first organisms to photosynthesize. Scientists estimate […]

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Dissolved Oxygen

Oxygen is a natural element which no animal can live without. Fish and other aquatic animals depend on oxygen gas dissolved in water as much as people depend on oxygen gas in air. Many people are surprised to learn that fish and other aquatic organisms don’t use oxygen from water molecules (H2O). This is because […]

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Para grass

Quick Facts Scientific name Urochloa mutica Origin Africa Introduction Late 1800s, forage grass Aquatic community Emergent grass Habitat Wet soils, shorelines, floating mats Distribution Central and South Florida Management effort Complaint management 2014 public waters / plant acres: 202 / 763 Environmental and Economic Concerns Sprawling grass up to 15 feet long that forms dense tufts […]

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