District to Treat Boat Access Trail on Lake Panasoffkee

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District,) in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be treating a boat access trail along the western shoreline (Outlet River side) of Lake Panasoffkee to improve boat access and navigation through areas of dense aquatic plants.

The 4-mile-long, 100-feet-wide trail on the 3,300 acre lake will be treated the week of June 16-20, 2014. The treatment involves the application of the aquatic herbicide Aquathol K by airboat to approximately 52 acres of the lake.

Maps indicating the location of the boat trail and the applicable water use restrictions will be posted at local fish camps and boat ramps as well as on the District's website at the following link "WaterMatters.org/LakePan":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/hydrology/pan/.

There are no restrictions on the use of lake water for swimming, fishing, boating or irrigating established turf, ornamental plants and crops. Water from the treated area should not be used for drinking or irrigating annual nursery or green house crops including hydroponics and newly seeded or transplanted annual crops, newly seeded or transplanted ornamentals, and newly sodded or seeded turf for seven days following treatment. Water should not be used for animal consumption for 14 days following treatment. Water use restrictions do not apply to well or tap water.

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