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County to apply herbicide to lake

During March and April, the county's aquatic services division plans to apply herbicide to kill hydrilla in the Inverness Pool. Hydrilla, an aggressive plant that overtakes water bodies quickly, can cover lakes' surfaces, rendering them useless for many recreational activities. The county plans to use a herbicide called Sonar, which officials say kills the plant slowly, preventing any rapid loss of water-born oxygen, which could cause a fish kill. Officials say the herbicide will have little impact on other plants. Use of the herbicide does not require restrictions on drinking, swimming or fishing, but the county will restrict irrigation for seven days following the last application of herbicide. The treated areas are to be posted with warning signs. For information, call 746-2694.

Correction

A photograph accompanying a story in Wednesday's Citrus Times was misidentified as Judge Patricia Thomas. The correct photo of Thomas appears at left.

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