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Weeding the parkway

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webmaster | 02/03/12

Weeding our yards often seems to require quite an effort, so we are more than impressed with the magnitude of the following project.

As in many places, over time, plants which were not here previously have arrived by all kinds of carriers including water, animal fur, vehicles, droppings and a number of other carriers. Some of them are lovely or decorative but others have become a real problem for ranches, yards, lawns and the natural environment. We spend lots of time and effort trying to maintain our surroundings so they please us.

So it’s no surprise that flowing rivers and their surroundings get invaded by non-native plants that can choke the rivers and tributaries and overrun plants that had been a part of the natural environment for a very long period of time.

Nine nonprofit organizations which created the San Joaquin River Partnership joined together to advance opportunities by the Partnership to further benefit Valley residents and the people of California, including job creation, cleaner water supplies, and development of recreational opportunities along the river. The planning started in 2008 and in September 2011 the Bureau of Reclamation signed a grant agreement for the project with the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, which will serve as fiscal agent for the project...


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