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City of St. Cloud Removes Aquatic Plants to Restore Ecosystem

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Released by City of St. Cloud Public Information Office

     City of St. Cloud announces aquatic vegetation spraying on a monthly basis this year at the St. Cloud lakefront to help control aquatic plants within East Lake Tohopekaliga, specifically the area known as St. Cloud Beach and the boat basin. These aquatic plants are not native to Florida and are invasive and harmful to the environment.

“It is important that we remove these invasive non-native plants from our lakefront,” said Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Holtkamp. “We have unique aquatic plants that harm our natural environment and we have to remove them regularly to restore our ecosystem. We contract professionals to apply the approved herbicides selectively to avoid harming our native plants and animals. These aquatic herbicides are safe to use. The spraying is safe and does not harm humans or animals.”

City of St. Cloud has an Aquatic Plant Control Permit issued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in effect from Feb. 24, 2016 to Feb. 24, 2019. The permit authorizes the municipality to control aquatic plants within East Lake Tohopekaliga. This is in accordance with certain conditions and locations, specifically about two acres in the boat basin area and about 12.1 acres in the beach area. The City’s contractor is Applied Aquatics. All the chemicals used by the contractor have been approved and authorized by FWC.

Signs will be placed in the area to notify residents and visitors when aquatic vegetation spraying is underway. For more information on invasive plants, visit the FWC website at http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/invasive-plants/ or call 407-957-7148/email jdombovy@stcloud.org.