Water-Related News

Lake Rochelle hydrilla being treated

BARTOW – Teams from Polk County’s Parks and Natural Resources and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rochelle the week of June 30, weather permitting.

Polk County and the FWC will treat invasive hydrilla in the lake where it is encroaching on beneficial native submersed aquatic plants and may impact access to navigation.

To find out more about the herbicides being used and if there are any use restrictions associated with these treatments, visit MyFWC.com/Lake and click on the “Plant Mgmt Schedule of Operations” under the “Aquatic Plants” dropdown menu.

Polk County and the FWC manages hydrilla on a lake-by-lake basis using a collaborative approach. For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake.

For questions or concerns regarding this treatment, contact Bryan Finder, Natural Areas coordinator for Polk County Parks and Natural Resources, at (863) 534-7377, or Charlie Thomson, regional biologist for FWC, at (863) 578-1121.