State wildlife officials are putting a hold to treating invasive aquatic vegetation in water bodies across Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the pause Thursday so the agency has time to collect public comments about its aquatic plant management program.
Comments can be submitted by emailing invasiveplants@MyFWC.com.
FWC is also going to host several public meetings, and will share those dates and locations in the future.
FWC reports that roughly 79,552 acres of water bodies in Citrus County have been treated from 1997 to 2018, including in Lake Rousseau, Lake Tsala Apopka, the Withlacoochee River, Crystal River, Homosassa River and Chassahowitzka River.
“Invasive plants degrade and diminish Florida's waterways by displacing native plant communities,” FWC stated in a news release. “Some invasive aquatic plants pose a significant threat to human welfare and cause economic problems by impeding flood control and affecting recreational use of waterways.”
To find more about invasive aquatic vegetation, visit myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/habitat/invasive-plants.