How we deal with tumbleweeds

posted Apr 4, 2015, 5:56 PM by Steve Howser
Most of the blown-in weeds get burned before we bring the water in. But the wind doesn't stop, so no matter how much we burn, we still get a lot of weeds floating. When these floating weeds and branches get to a check structure they can clog the openings. In the past we used manpower and weed hooks, sometimes taking hours to clear these weed-jams.

For the past three years, we've been using our Aquatic Vegetation Rake (AVR) that we purchased to remove Flowering Rush and cattails to take care of the weed-jams. Here's a picture of our 10' AVR on out CAT 312 about to be staged at Pratt check overnight. We expect the water to get to Pratt check on the Highline sometime late tonight (or very early in the morning).