OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force will meet Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. in Okeechobee at the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 316 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contractors use chemical herbicides to control plants on Lake Okeechobee.
Big O anglers have called for the use of chemical herbicides to be reduced. They have asked for more use of mechanical harvesting on the Big O.
The latest aquatic spraying plan on Lake Okeechobee started Aug. 5 and will continue until Aug. 9, according to the FWC website.
The treatment plan calls for 75 acres in the area of Pelican Bay and Halifax Banks.
According to the FWC work plan: “Floating plants negatively impact native habitat and navigation, therefore need management. Scheduled for treatment are Eichhornia and Pistia. Treatments to be used are 2,4-D (liquid); Penoxsulam (liquid); Diquat and Flumioxazin.
Eichhornia is a species of water hyacinth. It is native to South America. Pistia is sometimes called “water cabbage” or “water lettuce.” It was first discovered in Africa.
Herbicide Usage for Lake O, according to the FWC website, includes:
• Diquat for Hyacinth in open water, spatterdock & pennywort;
• 2,4-D for Hyacinthin in grasses;
• Penoxsulam for Hyacinth in Giant bulrush and cattail;
• Diquat for Lettuce in open water, spatterdock, grasses and pennywort;