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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.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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Fl Native

I am completely surprised but very happy....If the public only knew how many gallons of glyphosate (roundup) has been sprayed into their local lakes and waters and being injested by fish and wildlife, I believe they would be quite alarmed. It seems that many countries around the world have realized that this is a carcinogin and should be taken off the market. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years. There have also been reports of second generation deformities in children of workers that spray it in the fields.
Why our government would continue allowing this in our food chain is past insane. People need to research more of what their govt is doing and not just going day to day.

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