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Old 01-04-2018, 03:32 PM
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Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

The spraying of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee and other waters is is an ongoing issue with duck hunters (and others). UW-F has been working to see if some better communications can be arranged to get the duck hunting side of the story told...especially in the planning of treatments...time and places.

I met today with Mariah McInnis, Regional Biologist FWC, who is responsible for the FWC's part of the treatments on Lake Okeechobee after the SFWMD WRAC meeting.

The purpose is to set up a meeting that will be a forum for duck hunters to have a personal conversation with Ms. McInnis (and any other FWC staff) to explain what duck hunters would prefer regarding the times and places of treatments. Incidentally, there has been a similar meeting with "anglers".

This is what we agreed on as a plan...

There is already a PUBLIC meeting set for:

LAKE OKEECHOBEE AQUATIC PLANT, FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

on January 11 at 6 pm at the SFWMD Service Center, 3800 NW 16th Blvd. Ste. A, Okeechobee FL 34972. This is an INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE public meeting...includes the FWC, USACE, Dept. of Agriculture, SFWMD staffs. Public invited to participate, including duck hunters.

We will use the information and comments from this meeting for a presentation to be given at the SFWMD WRAC Recreation Meeting on March 12 at 5 pm at the SFWMD Offices, 3301 Gun Club Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. This is an "open meeting" where all duck hunters can have direct discussion with Ms. McInnis regarding timing and areas, in detail on a map, on spraying any sections of Lake Okeechobee...

I should add, the regularly scheduled LAKE OKEECHOBEE AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT INTERAGENCY MEETING will be held between these two meetings, Jan. 24 at 10am, at the USACE South Region Office in Clewiston. 525 Ridgelawn Rd. This is where the agencies coordinate the near term spraying programs. Public is invited and there is a chance for public comment.

All of these meetings are important, the Jan. 11 and March 12 ones will allow face to face discussions in detail on preferred timing and locations of treatments.


Thanks to the agencies and staffs for answering our requests for a chance for duck hunters to "make their case".....
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:48 AM
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

Please note, i have been notified this am that the meeting on thurdday the 11th in okeechobee has been canceled....
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:25 AM
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

I hope they move it to after the season.
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

Please note....the cancelled jan. 11 meeting has been rescheduled....same time, same place february 8.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:38 AM
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

How about an update on the meeting from last week?
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:18 PM
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

Better yet, we have scheduled the same presentation to be given at the SFWMD WRAC Recreation Meeting on Mon. March 12 at 5 PM at the District Offices in West Palm Beach...
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:37 PM
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Re: Lake O and other Aquatic Plant Spraying Meetings On Tap

I am well aware Newton, so maybe then post up some information on the members side for those who are UW members?? It is only a matter of time before the minutes are posted on the site. I would like to hear UW's posistion and what they are asking for..
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