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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

Aquatic plant control operations are scheduled for Lake Rousseau during the week of Feb. 13, weather permitting, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Approximately 25 acres of invasive water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake, which is in Levy and Citrus counties. No hydrilla will be treated during this time period.

“There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an FWC invasive plant management biologist. “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed.”

However, there is a seven-day restriction on using water from the treated areas for animal consumption. There also is a five-day restriction on using treated water for irrigation of food crops and ornamentals grown in greenhouses or nurseries. No restrictions are necessary for other uses of treated water, such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops.

For more information, contact Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.