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Rio Garbage Boats Aim to Clean Olympic Waters
Rio's Guanabara Bay and other waterways needs some major clean up prior to hosting the 2016 Olympic Games.

With limited trash and sewage services in this sprawling metropolis of 6 million people, tons of garbage and raw waste flow daily from sludge-filled rivers into the bay, where Olympic and Paralympic sailing events will be held. At low tide, mountains of household refuse, old sofas and even washing machines are seen. Skimmer

That pollution means nearly all beaches dotting the 148-square-mile (383-square-kilometer) bay have long been abandoned by swimmers, and some health experts warn of risks to athletes who come into contact with the water. Elite sailors have warned that high-speed collisions with floating debris could damage or even sink sailboats during the Olympics.

Authorities hope the eco-boats will make an impact. They're rectangular crafts made of steel and fitted with powerful speedboat motors and a sieve that traps garbage below the water's surface, capturing everything from household trash to bigger items like abandoned television sets and refrigerators. The trash is dumped into the boat, where recyclables are sorted out.

 
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Winter milfoil control program gets underway on Osoyoos Lake - The winter phase of the milfoil control program on Osoyoos Lake got underway last week as water temperatures continued to cool. Unlike during the summer, when a machine cuts and harvests the tops of the invasive weed, between October and April a rototiller is used to pull the plant up by its roots.


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