LAKE WIRE HYDRILLA REMOVAL
PROJECT SCHEDULED TO START NOVEMBER 18TH
LAKELAND,FL (November 7, 2013) – The City of Lakeland has partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) to remove the hydrilla in Lake Wire. Hydrilla is an invasive water plant that found its way into Florida waterways following release from aquariums in the 1960’s.
The contractor working for the City of Lakeland, Texas Aquatic Harvesting will be on site at Lake Wire November 15th with actual hyrdrilla removal starting the week of November 18th. The work is expected to take up to 30 days from the start of the project.
Roadways around Lake Wire will not be blocked during the project. Sidewalks will remain open with very minimal impact as hydrilla is hauled away. ITW was the owner of the former Florida Tile property located on the west side of Lake Wire. The hydrilla harvesting program and work plan for Lake Wire recently received approval from the FDEP and incorporates an agreement between ITW and the City. ITW will pay $22,500 each year for the next three years to have the invasive water plant harvested from Lake Wire as a mandated lake clean-up effort.
Hydrilla has not been removed from Lake Wire since 2004. The invasive species is a great water filtering plant but it has a tendency to choke water ways with its rapid growth. As an invasive species, hydrilla has become the most serious aquatic weed problem for Florida and one of the most serious for most of the United States.
The City of Lakeland’s Division of Lakes & Stormwater will be overseeing the hydrilla harvesting project. For more information, call Curtis Porterfield, Manager of Lakes & Stormwater at 863-834-8439.