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Free aquatic plants being given to county residents

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By Michael W. Freeman

CLERMONT – Lake County is well known across the region for its beautiful lakes. County leaders hope to keep them clean and appealing to residents and visitors alike, but need the public’s help for that.

Lake County’s Adopt-a-Lake Program, which is promoted by the Lake County Water Authority, is hoping to build interest among the public in those many lakes. The water authority board is now giving away free aquatic plants from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility, located at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares, on the shores of Lake Harris.

The plant varieties that will be available include canna, lizards tail, bulrush, pickerel weed, soft rush, arrowhead and iris.

Residents will be allowed to take up to five plants each, while supplies last.

The water authority is pointing out that these particular plants being given out must be planted in or very near water. “Aquatic plants benefit a water body by providing a habitat for wildlife and acting as a filter for nutrients,” the Lake County Water Authority noted in a news release. “Aquatic plants can also help stabilize a shoreline and aid erosion issues.”

To learn more about the plant give away or the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program, call Cathie Catasus at 352-253-1659 or email her at ccatasus@lakecountyfl.gov.

Source: Clermont Forum, Orlando Sentinel