Crews work to remove invasive aquatic plant

- Osceola County officials say the Sexton Boat Ramp on Fish Lake will be closed for part of Tuesday so state crews can try to get rid of an invasive plant outbreak. 

The plant is called hydrilla and experts say it’s not good for the lake or boaters who want to enjoy it. 

“It can get all wrapped up in your prop, cause all kinds of engine issues. That’s one item,” said Cheryl Grieb, an Osceola Co. Commissioner who used to live on Fish Lake. “If you have too much hydrilla in a lake – it can take up too much of the oxygen and of course, we need oxygen for the fish and for everything else. Then you end up with a dead lake, and that’s of course what we don’t want here.” 

Osceola County officials says crews will stage airboat trailers and trucks at the boat ramp Tuesday. They will then use a spray on the Hydrilla. 

Grieb says Fish Lake used to have grass carp that would eat the hydrilla. She says in addition to the spraying, they plan to put carp back into the lake sometime in the next 12 months. 

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