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Cleanup of the Arboretum waterway

You may have recently noticed that large expanses of the waterway were cleaned of duckweed, azolla, and algae including Spafford Lake and areas west of Putah Creek Lodge. The Fuentes team did a great job in these locations and will now be coming back to work on the narrow waterway canals from the east end…

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With funding from the Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead conservation group, two Fuentes employees waded into a dammed-up area of the stream and worked to gather more of the parrot’s-feather plant – a beautiful but pesky import from the Amazon River region that clogs up waterways throughout the world.          …

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As the UC Davis Arboretum waterway’s eastern half is about to undergo improvements, the rest of the waterway — where algae and aquatic weeds seem to be taking over — is getting cleaned up.                                          …

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The first time when we were able to make our conveyor work harvesting a big mass of Azolla. It felt great! “Azolla compost has a bright future in agriculture. The possibilities are simply endless.” The results were good. A very special thanks to Bob Smotherman for helping with ideas, enthusiasm, resources and friendship to develop…

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