Citrus County commissioners believe the state has all the science it needs to continue spraying herbicides to kill aquatic weeds.
The board voted 4-1 Tuesday to ask the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, to reconsider its plan to “pause” aquatic vegetation removal for one year to gather input on the effects of herbicides.
The county receives about $878,000 from the state for its aquatic plant management, which includes herbicide spraying.
Commissioners said stopping spraying for one year will allow plants to clog canals and navigable waterways.
“We can’t get it all with harvesting,” Commissioner Scott Carnahan said.
FWC will meet Feb. 21 in Gainesville to discuss the issue.
Board Chairman Jeff Kinnard said he didn’t think the county should urge the FWC one way or another without having scientific evidence to back up its position.
Carnahan, however, said he hasn’t seen anything to suggest herbicide spraying is a danger to humans.
“There’s scientific data out there. It’s been out there for years,” Carnahan said.
Kinnard was the lone no on the vote.