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Lake Kissimmee hydrilla management meeting May 31

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

Managing hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee is the topic of a May 31 public meeting in Lake Wales hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The meeting, in the Commission chambers of the Lake Wales City Administration Building, 201 Central Avenue West, is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Public input from the wide variety of user groups on Lake Kissimmee is critical to create a well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee.

"We want to know what business owners, property owners, anglers, hunters, bird watchers, airboaters  and others who have a vested interest in the lake think; and now is the time to get involved," said Danielle Schobl, an FWC Invasive Plant Management biologist.

The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on the management of hydrilla in Lake Kissimmee. Schobl will provide a brief update and overview on past and present hydrilla-management efforts. Dr. Mike Netherland from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make a presentation on "Understanding Factors that Influence Expansions and Declines of Hydrilla in Florida Water Bodies."

After the presentations, the public can ask questions and speak about the hydrilla conditions they desire and their key areas of interest and concern. The FWC will incorporate their input in developing the fall/spring management plan for Lake Kissimmee.

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

For more details about the meeting, contact Danielle Schobl at 863-534-7074.



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