The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic habitat restoration on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes during this month and early November.

About 744 acres of cattail, pickerelweed, water lily and water primrose will be treated on lakes Tohopekaliga (Toho), Kissimmee, Cypress, Hatchineha, Jackson and Marian, using herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The treatment will restore habitat for many fish and wildlife species, including the endangered Everglade snail kite, which nests here.

This aquatic restoration also will benefit people who use the lakes for fishing, hunting, boating and wildlife watching.

This treatment plan was provided to the FWC Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Working Group and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for comment, and then presented at a public meeting to give the public an opportunity for input.

For more information about this project, contact Kevin McDaniel, FWC project manager, at 407-846-5276.

News Reporter