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Aquatic Plant Harvester Spruces up Lake Moraine

A town of Madison truck gets a load of weeds that were removed from the north portion of Lake Moraine. The weeds were then taken to a nearby farm and used as fertilizer.


By Carolyn Godfrey
Posted Sep. 4, 2013 @ 12:01 am
Sep 4, 2013 at 4:11 AM

MADISON

The northern portion of Lake Moraine, sometimes called the Little or Upper Lake, looks a bit nicer after the town of Madison recently made arrangements for a lake weed harvester to clean the area.

The harvester made repeated trips around the water, scooping up a wide variety of weeds and other assorted plant life. Using a piece of equipment that resembled a hay bale loader, the results were loaded into the back of a Town of Madison Highway Department truck.

According to a worker on the scene, the weeds were taken to a nearby farm to be used as fertilizer on plants and vegetables.

 
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