Monday, April 20, 2009

Aquatic Plant Control

Aquatic Plant Control
The weed harvester was taken out of the water last week.  The city continued to harvest 2-3 days per week throughout the month of August.
The city has budgeted up to $30,000 for the 2009 season.  The plan for next season is to treat around 100 acres with herbicide and to continue to harvest other problem areas.
The lake association board is working out a deal with the city to allow the association to operate the harvesters using volunteer labor.  As it stands now the association will lease the harvester for a $1.00 a year. The city will be responsible  for fuel, maintenance, insurance, hauling weeds from the lake to the compost site and putting the harvester in and out of the lake.  Labor is the largest expense of the program.  This agreement  will allow us to harvest  5-6 times more weeds then were harvested this year.  The agreement should be finalized by the end of year.  If you are interested in volunteering or know of anyone that  would be interested, please contact Blake Roberts  651-755-6400.