The City of Panama City’s Public Works Department plans to begin a project on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 to remove an invasive weed from Lake Caroline and Hammons Pond.
Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a free-floating aquatic plant known for its rounded leaves and purple flowers, has invaded the section of Lake Caroline north of W. 10th Street and the stormwater pond at Ken Hammons Memorial Park.
In Florida, water-hyacinth populations can double their size in as little as two (2) weeks. The growth rate of the species is among the highest of any known vascular plant, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The City’s concerns are that the plant could spread further or large matted sections could break loose and block the cross pipes under W. 10th Street, which could create flooding issues for the surrounding area.
Staff will be using environmentally friendly herbicides that are recommended by FWC to eradicate the growth of the water hyacinth. The herbicides do not pose any hazards to human or animal health.