Mechanical problems delay start of invasive milfoil harvest

Osoyoos Times – June 26, 2018

The summer milfoil harvesting program no sooner started up last week when one of the paddle wheels fell off the boat, bringing the operation to an abrupt halt.

James Littley, the operations and grants manager with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), who oversees the program, said the operator only managed to cut a small area of the invasive weed in Solana Bay before the machine broke.

He anticipated it could be back in operation early this week. The boat was spotted back on the water on Monday.

The machine recently underwent maintenance and Littley doesn’t know what caused the problem.

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