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Lake Tarpon to be treated with herbicide

Residents around Lake Tarpon should keep an eye out this week for signs that the Southwest Florida Water Management District is treating the lake for water hyacinth and water lettuce.

Swiftmud personnel are scheduled to spot-treat isolated infestations of the aquatic plants Monday through Thursday with an herbicide named Reward.

Water hyacinth was first brought to Florida from South America during the late 1800s. It grows quickly and can make boating, recreation and flood control difficult and hurt populations of fish and wildlife.

Water lettuce has been in Florida longer but can also become an aggressive nuisance.

Residents should watch for warning signs that will be posted to notify them of treatment dates and restrictions.

After Reward is applied, residents should not use water from the lake to water livestock for one day, should not use lake water for irrigation for five days and should not drink lake water for two days. The no-drinking rule does not apply to tap water.

For information, call Brian V. Nelson, Swiftmud's aquatic plant manager, at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4537.

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