Chemical Control

              Nuisance aquatic plants in Lee County waters can be controlled by variety of methods.  Physical, mechanical, biological, and chemical methodology technologies are most frequently utilized.  Frequently, LCHCD integrates more than one method to achieve desired results.  Chemical control, in this context, is the use of specifically formulated pesticides to control plants.  These pesticides are referred to as herbicides and are registered for use and regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as Florida agriculture and environmental agencies.  All LCHCD pesticide applicators are certified and licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and keep current in their training by regularly earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issues permits required for the control of aquatic vegetation pursuant to the rules of Chapter 68F-20, Florida Administrative Code.

            The District conducts its activities in a variety of waters throughout the county, both public and private.  It is important to develop a management plan before initiating a curative action regarding weed control of a water body.  Identify the uses of the water body, understand plant ecology, consider all management techniques, and monitor the success or failure of management activities.  A long-term aquatic plant management education program is also recommended.  To maximize the benefits of Lee County’s waters and water-front living, LCHCD may be able to help with your aquatic vegetation problems.