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Kissimmee Chain of Lakes aquatic plant management meeting is July 13

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

The meeting in Kissimmee is from 6-8 p.m. in the fourth-floor County Commission Chambers, Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square.

"We want to know what business owners, property owners, anglers, hunters, bird watchers, airboaters and others who have a vested interest in the chain of lakes think," said Ed Harris, FWC invasive plant management biologist. "Now is the time to get involved."

Public input from the wide variety of user groups on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes lakes Kissimmee, Hatchineha, Cypress, Jackson, Tohopekaliga and East Lake Tohopekaliga, is critical to create a well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants.

The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on the management of invasive aquatic plants. Before public comment, staff will make short presentations on the results of the Lake Kissimmee hydrilla meeting in Lake Wales and the management of hydrilla, pondweed and emergent vegetation such as pickerelweed. After presentations, the public may ask questions about key areas of interest and provide comments about the conditions they desire. The FWC will incorporate public input in developing future aquatic plant management plans for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

"This is just the beginning of an ongoing process that will maintain a regular dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant management on the Kissimmee Chain.  We hope everyone interested in aquatic plant management efforts will attend this meeting and provide input," Harris said.

For more details about the meeting, contact Ed Harris at 407-858-6170.

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