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Lake Parker Aquatic Vegetation Harvesting Project will Remove Invasive Hyacinth and Overgrown Spatterdock

water hyacinths and litter in lake

LAKELAND, FL (March 7, 2019) | The City of Lakeland will be executing an aquatic plant harvesting project for invasive water hyacinth and overgrown spatterdock in the southwest cove of Lake Parker beginning in March 2019.  Water hyacinth is a floating, invasive aquatic plant that grows very rapidly and can crowd out beneficial native plants if not managed.  Excessive stands of spatterdock have also become overgrown and are crowding out other beneficial native species that are required to provide habitat diversity in the lake. 

Polk County Natural Resources Department under its contract with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has recently applied herbicide to the aquatic vegetation that will be removed during this project.  Mechanically removing the treated vegetation using an aquatic harvesting boat will prevent unmanageable floating tussocks that could impede navigation and disrupt habitat, as well as prevent the decaying plants from sinking to the bottom of the lake resulting in excess nutrients that contribute to water quality issues.  Texas Aquatic Harvesting Inc. will utilize a mechanical in-lake aquatic plant harvester and shore conveyor to remove the aquatic vegetation from Lake Parker. The City will then dispose of the aquatic vegetation at the BS Ranch and Farm in Polk County.

Harvesting activities will begin late March 2019 and are expected to be complete by late May 2019.    


Laurie Smith
Manager, Lakes & Stormwater

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.



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