Managing non-native aquatic plants (nuisance species) that have been introduced into Florida's waterways costs millions of dollars each year. These invasive aquatic plants can:
- Edge 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.
- 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.