A publication of the North American Lake Management Society
Innovative Technologies for Lake Management
Africas’ Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It is less than 260 feet at its deepest point. For nearly ten years a growing water hyacinth infestation has wreaked havoc on the neighboring countries. Massive islands have formed that blow around from one region of the lake to another, like big green icebergs. When one of these masses settles into a port or bay, it paralyzes local fishing and transportation.
Aquarius Systems proposed using three Swamp Devil Aquatic Vegetation Shredders to perform the work. The Swamp Devil is a powerful machine fitted with two circular cutting blades on the bow that also serve to propel and steer the vessel. By using a special double blade system, the machine could shred the water hyacinth into small pieces.