Maintenance

July 9th

8am found the Sandia Wetlands maintenance committee at work in the wetlands. The mission for the day was twofold.  First, install water gate between 1 and 2 areas of the wetland, Second, to spray all grasses and weeds with rodeo.  Members of the maintenance team were Dave Hedges, Bill Broyles, Mike McCollum, Becky Hart, Dave Mainz and Trish Olvera.  Trish brought her husband Jack and daughter Hannah. The maintenance committee was joined by Vegetation Committee member Mary Malmgren and her husband Bob Steele.

Leading the group was Ellen Weinacht and Dave Hedges. Consulting on plants was Linda Hedges.    Tom Harrison husband of Tex Harrison volunteered to help and is seen here spraying weeds.  The second phase of the mission for the day was to install a water gate between wetlands 1 and 2.  This was accomplished with the help of Bill Broyles, Jack Olvera, Dave Mainz and Dave Hedges.  Consulting on plants was Linda Hedges.    Tom Harrison husband of Tex Harrison volunteered to help and is seen here spraying weeds.  The second phase of the mission for the day was to install a water gate between wetlands 1 and 2.  This was accomplished with the help of Bill Broyles, Jack Olvera, Dave Mainz and Dave Hedges.  The gate has ¾ inch slates that will allow fine control of the water level in wetlands 1.

 

Here is an update on the wetlands project.  Last Thursday, June 23, 2011, the project received water from Lake Balmorhea.  David Hedges, David Mainz and Ellen were there to over see the operation.  As you can see from the pictures, (provided by David Mainz) there were at least nine inches of water in Wetlands #1.

David Hedges said that there are a lot of little mesquite, Russian thistle and other vegetation that needs trimming. David went back Friday and trimmed what he could with a weed eater, but much more needs to be done.  The Maintenance Group has scheduled a work day for July 9th.     David suggested that make this a Chapter work day.

  

  

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