Seminole County Residents Meet to Address Hydrilla Issue

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

People in Seminole County say weeds are taking over their local lake.

Today they shared their concerns over the economic toll it's taken. County residents came together Wednesday to help tackle a green beast.

"I understand their concerns, I don't like the hydrilla, I'd love to have nothing but native weeds out there, but we don't have that issue.

Somebody brought it in, in an aquarium, and it's changed the United States forever," Aquatic Plant Manager for ACF River Project, Brent Mortimer said.

He's talking about hydrilla, the invasive plant species that's taking over Lake Seminole.

Homeowner Alex Jernigan has felt the effects for more than 20 years.

"We bought down here to be able to ski and those sorts of things and with the hydrilla here now ,what you see is a lot of times your boat gets choked down, props get a lot of hydrilla on them and that causes problems," Jernigan said.

The hydrilla grows 100 inches a day, costing $300 an acre to spray. It's a hefty price tag for many homeowners.

"Our five year average is about $650,000 a year and that's counting labor. But mostly it's counting the chemical," Mortimer said.

Residents joined the Lake Seminole Association Wednesday to address the issue.

The main consensus? Removing the weed will take some money.

"I feel like it's real important that we've got to reach out to our local congressman and our local officials here within Seminole County and we're just trying to hopefully help clean up the lake. Hopefully they can get funding," Jernigan said.

Spokespersons for state lawmakers say it may be a tough fight in D.C.

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