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.
1. Are aquatic herbicides safe to use?
All herbicides should be handled with great care, especially in their concentrated form. Once diluted according to label instructions, aquatic herbicides are considered safe for the specified use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who ensure that they meet the most stringent safety standards under federal and state regulations. They are permitted for use in Florida waters by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “Restricted use” herbicides are not permitted for use in water.