The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission manages, through a series of government and private sector contractors, aquatic plants in Florida’s public water bodies.
Aquatic plant management work plans 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 work plans must be flexible to adapt to changing environmental conditions, funding, and new technologies. Modifications are made to work-plans when necessary to incorporate these changes. This site displays the most current work-plan for a particular waterbody. Some waterbodies may have more than one work-plan associated with them.
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 various 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 water bodies. 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 latest schedules, please visit here and type Okeechobee in the waterbody search box, then select Okeechobee, lake.