Demonstration Project on Hydrilla and Hygrophila in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

Environmental Results or Benefits of Project

Exotic aquatic vegetation is a significant problem in Osceola County as well as many other counties in the State of Florida. However, the need for management in this County is critical because the problems that begin in Central Florida flow downstream eventually to the Everglades and terminate in Florida Bay. Key benefits and results of this project include: (1) the invasive aquatic species present will be killed thus reducing the population densities of exotic species so native species will not be further displaced, (2) seed and tuber production will be reduced thus subsequently reducing future generations, increasing the level of service of flood protection and control by increasing the water storage capacity of the aquatic systems, (3) increased ease of access for recreational use by local residents and visitors (4) the development of new herbicides for hydrilla and hygrophila treatment, (5) new practices and processes for commercial application will be developed and, (6) economically feasible and environmentally sound application methods will be developed.

The most important benefit realized as a result of performing following demonstration project will be the dissemination of information to the general public from the various experiments and trials we perform. It is our goal to incorporate graduate students, student interns and professors into many elements of the proposed project, such that, one result will be research papers created for conference presentations and or publishing, graduate student theses, as well as reports prepared for publishing in scientific journals. A major goal will be to create an interactive website with a link on the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants website. The link will provide specific project details and research results. It will be updated as the project progresses and will be available to all Internet users worldwide.

 

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