With this drought season being a rough one, the Columbia Irrigation District tried their best to do everything they could to make sure they can get all their customers the water they need. A lot of weeds are clogging up the Yakima River preventing it from flowing into a canal near the Wanawish Dam. The
Unlike using chemicals, or doing nothing at all, the advantages of harvesting include: – Immediate relief from nuisance plants that interfere with navigation and recreation – Immediate use of the water for swimming or irrigation – There is nothing foreign introduced to the environment when using mechanical control – Biomass is removed from the water
Little thought is given to aquatic weeds unless you live or recreate on the worlds waterways. The aquatic plant harvester industry has grown in response to those concerns. With Pictures of steam powered cutter boats dating back to the late 1890’s, we know that excessive plant growth has been a problem for a long time.