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Protect Florida's Waterways From Invasive Aquatic Plants


Managing non-native aquatic plants that have been introduced into Florida's waterways costs millions of dollars each year. These invasive aquatic plants can shade out beneficial native submersed plants and lower oxygen levels, resulting in fish kills; hamper the feeding of sport fish, producing stunted fish populations; negatively impact local economies; threaten human health by creating ideal mosquito breeding habitats; restrict water flow, resulting in flooding; reduce lakefront aesthetics and property values; and increase the sedimentation of waterways.

Non-native aquatic plants such as hydrilla, water lettuce, and water hyacinth are invasive weeds that can cause significant environmental harm.

  • Help slow the spread of these species and prevent additional invasive aquatic species from becoming established.
  • Clean all aquatic plants (even small fragments), and mud from your boat and trailer before leaving a waterway.
Clean all aquatic plants (even small fragments) and mud from your boat and trailer before leaving a waterway. Drain your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the area.