Five days a week, a steady parade of 10 weed harvesters make their way across the lakes surrounding Madison. They began their work in May, and given the heavy growth of weeds they are seeing, the harvesting will continue until the first week of October.
“We’ve been here for the last three weeks, and we’ve been harvesting between 30 and 40 loads a day,” Kevin Connors, director of the Dane County Land and Water Resource Department, said. “The purpose of providing the weed harvesting program in this area is to provide navigational access out to deeper parts of Lake Monona."
When the weed harvesting began they discovered the growth to be heavier than in recent years.
“This year the vegetation seems to be a little bit heavier in the spring than it was last year at the same time,” Connors said.
Rather than a sign of a problem, it is actually a positive indication of the health of the lake.