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FWC to host public meeting on hydrilla treatment

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Managing invasive plants in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is the topic of a July 31 public meeting to be hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The meeting is in Kissimmee from 6-8 p.m. in the County Commission Champers on the fourth floor of the Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square. A live webcast will be available through the County’s website.

The goal of this meeting is to provide updates, answer questions and receive public input on hydrilla treatments conducted during the past year on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. The discussion will include current hydrilla management, snail kite nesting and submerged vegetation mapping. Public input from the wide variety of user groups on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes lakes Kissimmee, Hatchineha, Cypress, Jackson and Tohopekaliga, is critical to create a well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants.

For information and questions about the meeting, contact Ed Harris, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-246-0573.