Aquatic Plant Management

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants are an important part of a water body’s ecosystem. They provide habitat, food and remove nutrients. However, the introduction of non-indigenous invasive aquatic vegetation can have destructive consequences; habitat disruption, loss of native plant and animal communities, reduced property values, impaired fishing, degraded recreational experiences, and enormous and ongoing control costs.

Not sure which plants are good or bad for your water body? Check out the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants for an extensive library of plants.

The following water bodies are under city management for aquatic plants: Lake Adelaide, Cranes Roost Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Lotus, Lake Maltbie, Lake Orienta and Lake Ruby.

The City has an in-house program as well as a private firm under contract to treat problem areas. Our division makes every effort to regularly inspect these water bodies, but we rely heavily on our waterfront residents to provide early notification of problems. For more information on the aquatic plant management program or to report a problem, call (407) 571-8331 or email.

Don’t see your lake listed? It is city policy to perform aquatic plant management in lakes with public access and/or where the City owns shoreline property. Private property owners are encouraged to control invasive aquatic vegetation too. Aquatic plant management is regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). The permit is free.

FWC’s regional biologists are also a great source of information and can provide guidance on sustaining healthy aquatic vegetation within your lake. For more information, visit the FWC website.