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 next Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, 03 May 2017, at the Lee County Hyacinth Control District (LCHCD) in Lehigh Acres, FL. This meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Please send David Lattuca any agenda items that you would like to add for discussion.
Lee County Hyacinth Control District
15191 Homestead Road
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
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