The Division of Habitat and Species Conservation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission responded to concerned citizens who have been fighting the water quality issues in Florida, specifically on Lake Okeechobee related to the spraying of aquatic vegetation.
Ramon Iglesias, General Manager of Roland & Mary Ann Martin Marina and Resort shared with us an email response from the FWC's Kipp Fohlich that they are temporarily pausing the aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state.
Here is the full text of the email to Mr. Iglesias:
I wanted to let you know that beginning next week, I have directed staff to take a temporary pause in our aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state. During this pause staff will work to set up meetings where we can collect public comment regarding aquatic plant management. Once we have meetings set up I will be sure you are notified and hope that you will be able to attend. I hope I can also schedule a time when I can meet with you and Ms. Martin while I am in South Florida.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, I would be happy to discuss this further with you at your convenience.
Kipp Frohlich, Director
Division of Habitat and Species Conservation
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
office: 850 488-3831
For a more information read these articles related to the spraying concerns in Florida: