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Mechanical Harvester to Gather Water Hyacinth
Removal of the non-native water hyacinth plant from Lake Chapala has been tried unsuccessfully in the past but the Jalisco state government has not given up.

A year-long, 4-million-peso project is now getting under way to remove the invasive species, currently estimated to cover about 3% of the lake’s 114,000-hectare surface.

The project, called Chapala Limpio or Clean Chapala, employs an aquatic weed harvester to collect the plants, which are then fed manually on to a 12-meter-long conveyor belt. A tractor loads them in to a container before they are removed for composting.


 
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Our Government Cannot Stop all Invaders – Take Matters into Your Own Hands - Our government cannot stop all invaders at our borders. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. Plants that come into the United States from abroad can choke our crops, native plants and gardens or cause algae blooms that kill fish. They can even poison animals. Invasive species threaten our environment, our economy and our health. The flood of plants and food that come in through ports and airports potentially brings in pests, disease and harmful plants.


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