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Expense of Invasive Hydrilla
Of all the invasive plants in Florida’s waterways, hydrilla costs the most to contain -- $66 million over a seven-year period -- according to Lyn Gettys, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. And the plant appears to have the potential to be a problem away from the coast such as in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.

From 2008 to 2015, Florida state and federal water resource managers spent about $125 million to control invasive aquatic plants. Of that $125 million, about $66 million goes to control hydrilla, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

UF/IFAS researchers are researching and finding new ways to use less chemical treatment, and less money to manage hydrilla.


 
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