Agencies to hold joint public meetings in Clewiston and Okeechobee to explain invasive aquatic plant spraying programs

Published April 29, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 29, 2011) – Two public meetings will be held May 10 and 11 around Lake Okeechobee to explain to the public details of the different invasive aquatic plant spraying programs being conducted on Lake Okeechobee.


Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the South Florida Water Management District, the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will address those attending.


The May 10 meeting will be held in Clewiston at the Corps’ South Florida Operations Office at 525 Ridgelawn Road. The May 11 meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. Highway 98 North. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Experts in the area of invasive aquatic plants from each of the agencies will introduce the latest techniques and procedures being used in the control of water hyacinth, water lettuce, hydrilla and others.


“All the agencies involved try to hold meetings every few years to keep the public aware of the latest information in controlling invasive vegetation,” said Corps biologist Angie Huebner. “All of us involved are using the latest techniques to safeguard native vegetation and wildlife and keep waterways and structures open to navigation. We hope anyone who has concerns on these issues would attend.”


Release no. 11-30