A typical pick-up would take from 30-60 minutes, once the weeds have been gathered in the water and pushed out to where the harvester can operate.
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Where the weeds are extremely dense or are causing unsafe circumstances; the harvester operators may be able to do a “custom” removal of floating weeds, based on a site assessment. The viability of this approach is dependent on wind, water depth and the proximity of the harvester to other physical structures or the shoreline.
The City will select up to 15 sites to pilot test on the lake. An assessment will be based on accessibility (depth of water, presence of permanent physical structures) and the density and severity of the weed problem. Residents would also need to gather their weeds into floating masses and push them out to where the harvester could collect them based on a pre-arranged time for a pick-up – normally within 24 hours.
The pilot program allows for two pick-ups for the season.
Under no circumstances will the harvester’s cutting mechanism be operated during this pick-up procedure. Nor will City staff do any dock-side pick-ups or enter the water as part of this pilot project.
There are known locations where floating lake weeds gather. This is likely due to prevailing winds, boat traffic, shoreline configuration and physical structures. If the City can reduce the amount of floating weed masses in the lake by targeting these areas, this will hopefully improve the overall safety for everyone.