Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel

Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel

WLOA HARVESTING REPORT
FALL 2017

There were 209 loads of weeds harvested from the lake this season. There were 115 loads removed from Watkins lake East and 94 loads removed from Watkins Lake West. The harvester and shore conveyors all worked well this season with very few major breakdowns.
The harvester and shore conveyors are pulled with end of year maintenance commencing soon. I plan to have welding done on all three machines to repair steel that is rusted or worn out.
We hired teenagers to do beach cleanup this season on a part time basis. Their duties were to rake and pitchfork beach floaters into piles so that the weeds could dry out and homeowners could more easily dispose of them. Beach cleanup was a valuable service this season because of the heavier than usual weed growth.
The Claudia Bay storm-drain project will be completed by the end of October.
The Claudia Park Community Garden is beautiful and is continuously evolving from what was a vegetable herb and flower garden into a pollinator garden with mostly native plants that require less maintenance and support a great diversity of plant and animal life. Gardens like this, on a much smaller scale, should be encouraged as buffer zones around Watkins Lake. The benefits of buffer zones of this nature are: they help stabilize soil to prevent erosion, filter and capture rainwater entering the lake, provide habitat for bugs birds and other animals and help keep geese off of lawns.

Pat Deibel
Harvesting Manager