According to Florida Statute 369.20 Florida Aquatic Weed Control Act, “No person or public agency shall control, eradicate, remove, or otherwise alter any aquatic weeds or plants in waters of the state unless a permit for such activity has been issued by the commission unless the activity or waters are expressly exempted by commission rule.”
Homeowners, private management companies, and public agencies alike must contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Invasive Plant Management Section before taking any control actions.
When considering permit applications, biologists check to be sure the applicant
- has a management plan
- can identify the plants needing control
- efforts will not adversely affect non-target areas, plants or wildlife
- understands the plant management options available
- knows the tools proposed – machines, herbicides, or biological controls – are the best suited for the job
- will only perform control efforts when weather and other environmental conditions are favorable.