Some new equipment is in place to take care of an age old problem in Carter Lake, Iowa.
It's like an aquatic weed wacker.
It's the Aquarus vegetation harvester...it's job is to cut out seaweed that's growing in Carter Lake.
The machine can harvest 16,000 pounds of vegetation in one pass.
The 12 foot wide, 50 foot long boat can clear acres of seaweed in an hour.
“We have light that reaches the bottom of the lake so we have a lot of excess vegetation growing and with all that excess vegetation we need to be able to harvest some of that and get it out of the way,” Carter Lake Project Manager Brad Richardson said. “We still do a little bit of spraying and we'll try to keep the spraying to a minimum with the harvester we'll be able to do that. ”
The boat was paid through funds from the Carter Lake Restoration Project which is a joint operation of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.