Corps to spray lake vegetation with herbicides

Posted 7/23/21

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, will conduct treatments of floating aquatic plants starting July 26.

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Corps to spray lake vegetation with herbicides

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, will conduct treatments of floating aquatic plants (water hyacinth & water lettuce) starting July 26, 2021.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use herbicides to treat vegetation on Lake Okeechobee starting July 26.

The corps area of responsibility includes the south end of the lake from Pelican Bay to Uncle Joe’s Cut including Route 2 from Port Mayaca to Moore Haven and the rim canal from Moore Haven to Old Sportsman’s.

Treatment of vegetation will be conducted by a contractor.

The treatment area will include Route 1 (Clewiston approach) section of Route 2, Coot Bay, East Wall and the area between the East Wall and Rita island. This is a follow up treatment from February, which successfully reduced water lettuce in the area. Hyacinth and some lettuce have started to come back and will need to be treated to maintain control. According to the corps, keeping the plants in maintenance control will help reduce herbicide use over time.

Herbicides to be used are Flumioxazin, 2,4-D, ProcellaCOR and Diquat.

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