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Sep 27 2013

Removing Weed from the Stream

(by Kerry Oates)
Yesterday we had a “practice” at removing weed from the stream.
Due to circumstances we only had two hours to spend on this and most of that time was learning how best to tackle the method. It was vital practice and we learnt a lot, so don’t expect to see huge changes in the stream just yet.

After three pulls of the winch we were able to yield a decent sized mass of weed, and we know how best to attack this next time. Looking ahead, with a bit of refinement, we should be able to tackle the weed ourselves without Russell’s presence.

On behalf of the committee, a huge thank you to Russell West and staff at Rotorua Farm and Industrial Pumps for their time, machinery and effort yesterday, and thanks also to Ngati Rangiwewehi for their support.

The photos speak for themselves:

Hoisting the winch into place

Hoisting the winch into place

Cutting net to size

Cutting net to size

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A steel rope was fed through the bottom of the net
and a nylon rope through the top

Kerry starts to walk the rope out into the stream

Kerry starts to walk the rope out into the stream

Forming a wide arc with the steel rope on the stream bed

Forming a wide arc with the steel rope on the stream bed

Keeping the arc wide and the bottom rope down

Keeping the arc wide and the bottom rope down

Hauling the weed ashore

Hauling the weed ashore

Keeping the bottom rope down the net was able to haul a decent mass of weed

Keeping the bottom rope down the net was able to haul a decent mass of weed