The Corps of Engineers shall chair, and actively solicit participation in the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The Task Force members will represent State of Florida agencies (including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District), state Universities, the Corps of Engineers, and other Federal agencies. The Task Force will serve in an advisory capacity, providing multi-disciplinary technical and scientific data from which the Corps' aquatic plant management strategy, methodology, and research planning and operational efforts will evolve. The focus of the aquatic plant effort will be to benefit the overall ecological health of Lake Okeechobee.
Treatment Date: Monday 31 August 2015 - Friday 04 September 2015
Current Lake Level: 12.95 (Feet-NGVD29)
Applicators crews may be working in the treatment areas listed below. Please avoid these areas if you see applicators.
FWC will have treatments occurring on Lake Okeechobee in the locations of Grassy Island, Eagle Bay Island, Clewiston Channel to Ritta Island, and Fisheating Bay.
SFWMD will not have treatments occurring on Lake Okeechobee at this time.
Water Hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes, Water Lettuce Pistia stratiotes
Further information is available at the following numbers: US Army Corps of Engineers Biologist (863) 983-8103 ext 251 or ext 222
US Army Corps of Engineers South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, Fl 33440
Beginning August 10, 2015 the SFWMD will be coordinating aerial herbicide treatments on Lake Okeechobee. Treatments will target 878 acres of monotypic stands of cattail in the Moonshine Bay Area and 47 acres of boat trail access south of the Monkey Box Run. Treatment areas are shown on the map. Marsh access might be limited in treatment areas during herbicide applications.
The next Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, 09 September 2015, at the USACE South Florida Operations Office in Clewiston, FL. This meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please send me any agenda items that you would like to add for discussion.
USACE South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Rd.
Clewiston, FL 33440
Access Code: 3923394
Security Code: 1234