Meetings, protest planned about spraying on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Those concerned about the use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee will have opportunities this week to learn more and to voice their opinions. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to provide input on the development of a management plan for Lake Okeechobee’s […]

Herbicide spraying continues on Lake O

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to use chemical spraying to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee, but has also added the use of some mechanical harvesting. The aquatic plant management schedule which started on Dec. 23 and continues through Jan. 3 calls for treatment of 75 acres in […]

FWC adjusts spray hours for hunters

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to use chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. Due to hunting season, the schedule has been adjusted so the spray boats will not start work until 9 a.m. to avoid the highest use time by hunters. In the area known […]

Anglers protest use of chemical herbicides on lake

OKEECHOBEE — As the sun rose over Lake Okeechobee on Friday, a group of fishermen gathered near the Lock 7 boat ramp on the lake’s northern shore to protest the use of chemical herbicides to control aquatic vegetation. Anglers came from as far away as Miami, Naples and Cape Canaveral with homemade signs proclaiming sentiments […]

Anglers plan protest of FWC aquatic spraying

OKEECHOBEE — A group of anglers are planning a peaceful protest of the chemical spraying of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. The protest, advertised on social media, calls for boaters and other concerned citizens to meet on Friday, Nov. 15, starting at 5:30 a.m., at the pier and recreation area on the north side of […]

County questions FWC on aquatic spraying

OKEECHOBEE — Matt Phillips of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission addressed the Okeechobee County Commission Nov. 7 about the aquatic spraying program. Mr. Phillips said the invasive plant management program is a statewide program. He said the goals of the program include proving diverse native plant communities, preventing weeds from negatively impacting habitat. “We […]