County briefs 8/26/14

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By The Staff

Waters week essay contest announced

The Save Our Waters Week Committee of Citrus County is sponsoring an essay contest for area students.

Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the 2014 contest titled, “Florida Springs — A Treasure in Jeopardy.” 

The original work of between 300 and 500 words must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 3. 

There are two categories of competition: one for students in the sixth through eighth grades, and the second for high school students.

First-place winners will be awarded $100 and their composition will be published in the Citrus County Chronicle. Second- and third-place winners will be awarded attraction tickets. 

For additional information, email Janet Mulligan at SOWWessay2014@yahoo.com. 


TOO FAR to meet Thursday in Inverness

TOO FAR Inc., a water-related environmental organization, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday  at its new facility, the Point O’ Woods clubhouse, 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, Inverness.

The speaker will be Mark Fulkerson, senior professional engineer of water resources engineering and watershed management for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The public is welcome. For information, contact Pat Brady at psbrady@tampabay.rr.com or 352-419-8030.


Herbicide treatment planned next month

From Sept. 2 to 19, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct aquatic weed control operations in Lake Rousseau using EPA-approved herbicides. Water lettuce will be maintained using the herbicides Clipper and Reward. Boat trails will be maintained using the herbicide Glyphosate.

There is no restriction on the use of treated waters for recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming.

Water treated with Reward should not be used for domestic purposes or irrigation for five days; for livestock or domestic animals for one day; and drinking water for one day (does not apply to tap or well water).

Clipper-treated areas have a five-day irrigation restriction on ornamentals grown in greenhouses or nurseries. There are no restrictions in Glyphosate treated areas.

Scheduled treatments may be delayed due to adverse environmental conditions.

If these invasive plants are not controlled, recreational activities, navigation, flood control and fish and wildlife populations may be negatively impacted.

For information, call Terry Sullivan, regional biologist, at 352-726-8622. ­