The Wayne County District has begun the 2014 aquatic vegetative control program by putting it’s new Alpha Boat FX7 Aquatic Weed Harvester into operations. The new harvester, better known as Boat 4, will join the other fleet in an ongoing effort to control aquatic invasive vegetation on five embayments.
Funding for the new harvester came from various sources. Through ongoing fiduciary management the District was able to set aside funds over the last three years in preparation for renewal of equipment to continue the program. Contributions from Wayne County — through their dedication to the conservation efforts of invasisve species control through the Annual Harvesting contract, the Towns of Wolcott, Huron and Sodus, Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA), and the hard work and dedication of our legislators; Assemblyman Robert Oaks and Senator Mike Nozzolio, who assisted the efforts in increasing funding to environmental protection fund in the NYS Budget. The remaining portion was paid for from the District’s income from multiple sources such as annual fish sale, tree sale and miscellaneous conservation supplies.
There will be a dedication ceremony on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Coast Guard Station in Sodus Point, NY. Light refreshments to follow.
Wayne County is one of five Soil & Water Conservation Districts in New York State that has an operating Aquatic Vegetative Control program, aka Weed Harvesting. The program has been in operation since the late 80’s and has removed a total over 26,000 tons of nutrient material (invasive aquatic weeds) from 1988 through the 2013 season. The program serves five embayments with short-term remediation of aquatic vegetation: Maxwell Bay, Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay, and Blind Sodus Bay. The program runs from program prep in May and harvesting operations June through October with equipment maintenance and cleanup through November.
Approximate locations of harvestors can be found under the calendar section of the District’s website at www.waynecountyNYsoilandwater.org or by calling the seasonal Water Quality Hotline: 315-759-3097
Contacts: Lindsey Gerstenslager