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.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission manages, through a series of government and private sector contractors, aquatic plants in Florida's public waterbodies.
Aquatic plant management workplans are approved each June for the ensuing fiscal year that runs from July 1 - June 30. Workplans provide an overview of the management objectives and an estimate of the amount of control and funds necessary to achieve these objectives for a 12-month period. Therefore workplans must be flexible to adapt to changing environmental conditions, funding, and new technologies. Modifications are made to workplans when necessary to incorporate these changes. This site displays the most current workplan for a particular waterbody. Some waterbodies may have more than one workplan associated with it.
The Schedule of Operations summarizes plant control that FWC contractors and field biologists have proposed to accomplish for the following 1-2 weeks. The schedule shows types of plants and estimated amounts that the contractor plans to control along with control methods for a particular waterbody. Conditions such as rain, high winds, or equipment failures can result in some or all of this planned work not being completed in which case it will be rescheduled for a future date. The Schedule of Operations for a particular period may include several waterbodies. In some instances, more than one contractor may be scheduled to work on the same waterbody but on different plant species, in different areas, or utilizing a different control method.
To view the lastest schedules, please visit here and type Okeechobee in the waterbody search box, then select okeechobee, lake.
The Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force will host a meeting to provide information and receive input from the public on various ongoing management programs in Lake Okeechobee.
February 8, 2018
6 - 8:30 p.m.
3800 NW 16th Blvd, Suite A
Okeechobee, FL 34972
The next Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force meeting will be held on Thursday, 7th March 2019, at the Okeechobee Service Center. This meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
** Please send Jessica Fair or Tyler Green any agenda items that you would like to add for discussion**
SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center
316 N.W. 5th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Jessica M. Fair "Skippy"
Tyler J. Green
Access Code: 4979126
Security Code: 1111
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 8,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee east of the Moore Haven Canal.
The prescribed burn to improve fish and wildlife habitat is scheduled for Monday, December 3rd, weather permitting. With Tuesday, December 4th, through Friday, December 7th, as contingency burn days. To help protect public health and safety, the prescribed burn will be conducted under weather conditions that minimize smoke impacts to nearby towns and roads. Access to the navigational trails through the marsh, including Moore Haven Canal, may be limited temporarily during the burn for safety reasons.
Application of prescribed burning is part of an integrated management approach on Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake.
Prescribed burning is a safe way to apply natural processes, ensure ecosystem health and reduce the threat of wildfire. Ecologically responsible prescribed burns help improve habitat for fish, waterfowl, wading birds, the Everglade snail kite, and other wildlife populations. For more information, contact the FWC's Okeechobee Field Office at 863-462-5190 or Gene Colwell with SFWMD at 561-924-5310 ext. 3331.
Learn about prescribed fire by going to MyFWC.com, clicking on "Wildlife & Habitats" and then "Prescribed Fire." On that page, you can find information about how prescribed burns benefit wildlife and people. DH/HSC