Virtual Hydrilla Field Day 2009


Overview

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Over 100 people participated in Osceola County’s Second Annual Hydrilla Field Day, held on June 4, 2010 at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga.  The Hydrilla Field Day was conducted as part of Osceola County’s Hydrilla and Hygrophila Demonstration Project - which seeks to find new tools for managing the invasive aquatic weeds hydrilla and hygrophila.

Osceola County and University of Florida staff, along with Osceola County Master Gardeners and experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were on-hand with displays, education stations, and airboat tours of affected areas of Lake Toho to demonstrate the challenges local and State agencies face with the invasive aquatic weeds.  The four main educational stations at the event represented the four main elements of the Hydrilla Project:

  1. Development and testing of new aquatic herbicides,
  2. Evaluation of currently registered herbicides for control of hydrilla and hygrophila,
  3. Biological control of hydrilla and hygrophila and
  4. Demonstration and outreach.