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July 31, 2009

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be treating water hyacinth and water lettuce on the section of the Peace River between Ft. Meade and Bowling Green during the week of Aug. 3-7.

Treatment involves the spot application of the aquatic herbicide Reward to scattered infestations. Treatment areas will be posted with warning signs displaying treatment dates and applicable water use restrictions. Treated river water should not be used for drinking, watering livestock or irrigating lawns and ornamental plants for one day following treatment. Treated water should not be used to irrigate food crops for five days following treatment. Water use restrictions apply to river water only, not to tap or well water.

Water hyacinth and water lettuce are troublesome, rapidly growing aquatic plants from other countries that were introduced to Florida.

If these invasive plants are not controlled, recreational activities, navigation, flood control and fish and wildlife populations may be negatively impacted. The management of these plants on the Peace River is a cooperative effort between the District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

For more information, please call the District at 352-796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4537.

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