What is Hydrilla?

What is Hydrilla?

Cleaning up waterfronts are more than just cutting the grass away and pulling up branches.  A lot of our job includes finding ways to remove invasive plants that cripple the fragile eco-system. One of the plants we seemed to be continually battling is Hydrilla.

Hydrilla is found in freshwater and can survive in less than ideal conditions. It is submerged with roots that grow to the bottom with long stems that branch out on the surface. On the surface, it forms clumps of thick mats with small white flowers.

It is a threat to waterways all over because the dense mats suffocate the plants and wildlife that live in these waters. Hydrilla changes the pH of the water while removing oxygen, preventing the growth of native plants. It blocks aquatic life from receiving vital nutrients. Also, it hinders water flow for irrigation and recreation.

Hydrilla is also the perfect breeding ground for deadly algae known as Aetokthonos hydrillicola. This alga is killing bald eagles and coots by releasing a neurotoxin that is deadly to these birds.

In the 1950s hydrilla was sold as aquarium plants Soon after people realized the plant was unsuitable and began dumping them into canals in Tampa Bay. By the 1970s Hydrilla was found in Maryland and can even be seen as far west as California and Washington State.

At Professional Waterfront Cleanup we have ways to clear hydrilla from waterways while protecting the fragile aquatic environment we cherish in our Central Florida Waterways. Contact us today for a free quote.

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With little notice given to Clay at Professional Waterfront Cleanup (PWC), I requested his help in clearing my home's lakefront and staining my dock, boathouse and decks in preparation for a wedding that was just a few days away. He responded quickly, evaluated the job thoroughly and patiently explained his approach while answering my questions. He expediently provided a reasonable quote and told me that he could complete the job on or before my deadline. His team started immediately. They were punctual, courteous, safety-minded and conscientious about protecting my home, boat and landscape. They quickly earned my confidence, respect and trust. Despite the short time frame and the daily thunderstorms, Clay and his team exceeded my expectations and accomplished the goal one day early. It's obvious that Clay cares about providing extraordinary value and care to his customers.

D. Stokes
September 11, 2014

Before

Recent Project

AdventHealth Waterman

Commercial Lakefront Clearing

Clearing of a lakefront is part of the expansion of the newly renamed AdventHealth Waterman hospital in Tavares. The area was overrun with weeds and other aquatic vegetation. PWC cleared the area of brush and algae, and used wildlife-safe chemicals to spray the area to help prevent the return of the vegetation.