Removing Aquatic Weeds: DAY 2 · · PAGE 5.
April 21, 2020: The second day
continues with a Caterpillar scoop loader on tracks to work the area near
the shore as the lake water level is too low for the work boats to remove all
the reeds and small trees close to the sea wall. This scoop loader was
working up at the boat ramp to unload the barge, transferring the reeds to a truck
taking all the waste to a landfill.
The shovel clears all the plants from the bottom of the lake in this
area. This rig has a box blade on the front side of the track drive to act
as a mini-bull dozer pushing all the little trees and reeds toward the water for
the work boats, where the
waste can be stacked out of the way and eventually loaded on the barge for
transport to the boat landing area.
The boat drivers have put them away at the end of the day.
The barge has a steel pipe sleeve on several corners that can accept pipes
long enough to stick into the sandy bottom of the lake, keeping the barge from
drifting during loading.
The work boat operating on the north side of the dock has cleared the
area up to the point where the boat would run aground. The reeds that have
been removed are stacked near the dock for later loading on the barge for
transport. That black fabric on the right side of the photo is the sun
shade over the operator's seat on the work boat.
This is not the barge next to the dock platform. It is a large pile of
debris that is resting on the lake floor.
Enough of the reeds have been removed to see the area that has been
cleared from this viewpoint on the board walk.
Removing Aquatic Weeds: DAY 3
April 22, 2020: This
first photo of the day taken just after 9 AM shows the crew at work. The Caterpillar
track drive is below the water level. The operator is moving cuttings to
the water where the work boat will not run aground. Notice how the full
barge is still there. With the Cat working here, there is no way to unload
the barge at the boat landing.
The work boats continue to stack the reeds and roots alongside the
dock. The pile is tall enough that it is sitting on the bottom of the lake
here where the water is about three feet deep.
More debris from cutting and scraping the bottom is being moved by the Cat
to a point where the work boats can continue to make stacks.
This photo shows how the Caterpillar has moved toward the shore exposing
his treads above the water level. This view is from the end of the dock
looking back toward the shoreline.
The cuttings pile gets bigger and bigger.
Now you can see this pile is at the north side of the dock at the west
The barge will not be moved until the Caterpillar goes back to the boat
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