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Public meeting on Nov. 5 to discuss managing Lake June pondweed

News Release

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Highlands County to present an integrated management plan to control native Illinois pondweed in Lake June-in-Winter (Lake June). The plan supports the continued use of aquatic herbicides with the stocking of an appropriate number of triploid grass carp that may help with plant control. Triploid grass carp are fish that have been genetically altered at hatcheries to prevent them from reproducing.

Staff from the FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will present the plan for Lake June from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge, 200 East County Road 621, Lake Placid. The public is invited to attend the meeting and offer input on the plan.

Lake June is not a closed system, raising the possibility of triploid grass carp leaving Lake June and affecting aquatic vegetation in other water bodies including: lakes Carrie and Henry, Sterns Creek and associated canals; Catfish Creek and associated canals above the G-90 structure; and lakes Francis, Red Water/Little Red Water, Jacks Creek and Josephine Creek below the structure.

People who cannot attend the meeting or prefer to provide written feedback can send their comments on the Lake June integrated management plan to Kelle Sullivan, Regional Biologist, FWC Invasive Plant Management Section, 2001 Homeland-Garfield Rd., Bartow, FL 33830 or email kelle.sullivan@myfwc.com. Please provide comments no later than Nov. 11.

For more information about triploid grass carp visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” and then click on “Are grass carp the answer?”



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