Riparian and Terrestrial Services
Identification & Surveying
Treatments are monitored with the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Treatment areas are obtained in digital format. Treatment routes are pre-mapped within the treatment areas and loaded into two (2) GPS units per application vessel. By using two (2) GPS devices, the applicator is able to monitor their progress within the treatment area from multiple perspectives. Additionally, using two (2) devices ensures no loss of data.
GPS tracks are uploaded to ArcView, a mapping program, at the end of each treatment day for review. Tracks are analyzed for thoroughness of the treatment and used to calculate the actual area treated to ensure that the desired application is achieved. Based on survey results, recommendations can be made for the control of any undesirable plants.
Equipment Used For Riparian Projects
For riparian work an 18 foot airboat fitted with a 100 gallon sprayer system with a 5-hp Honda motor and a hypro pump is used. The system has a hose reel with 300 feet of hose and is equipped with a spray gun. The sprayer can be removed and attached to a Ford F350 for riparian project or projects that are hard to reach in a boat.
When an airboat is used, it is driven as close to the shore as possible and a spray gun with a low pressure stream is used to direct the spray directly onto the target plants. Intensely landscaped areas are avoided if the applicator feels that spraying the area would jeopardize non-target plants.
Knotweed Treatment & Removal in Trestle Creek & Noxon Reservoir
Control of noxious weeds is performed by using Integrated Pest Management practices. Every tool in the toolbox is considered including cultural, physical, mechanical, biological, and where needed, chemical. When herbicides are chosen, care is taken to target only the noxious plants in an effort to leave native non-noxious plants to re-inhabit the area. Application equipment is calibrated to ensure that the products are applied precisely on the target area. GPS information is uploaded into our mapping software and used to create maps of the treatment to communicate the process to customers and demonstrate the thoroughness of the applications.
After an application, the area will be surveyed again to document the effectiveness of the application. LRS takes BioBase measurements before treatment and approximately three (3) weeks after treatment to record reduction in biomass.
Airboats allow for access in shallow water to operate BioBase equipment.
For all projects, a final report is compiled at the completion of the project outlining the tasks performed and any requested information including but not limited to: treatment recommendations, survey or treatment results, herbicide amounts, maps, and other related data as required by law.
Phragmites Spray in Moses Lake
Environmental Protection Measures/Safety Equipment
When the airboat is used, it is driven as close to the shore as possible and a spray gun with a low pressure stream is used to direct the spray directly onto the target plants. Yellow Flag Iris and Phragmites is sprayed from midway up the plant down to avoid non-target plants from being contacted. Intensely landscaped areas are avoided if the applicator feels that spraying the area would jeopardize non-target plants.
Personal Protection Equipment is provided to workers, as per the herbicide label information, and a spill kit and absorption materials is available near the loading site and with the boat to be used in the unlikely event of a spill.