To incorporate strategies of integrated mosquito control management that are effective, practical, environmentally safe and protect the health of Richmond County residents, as well as promote public education, in order to prevent large mosquito populations and the diseases that they transmit.
- Phinizy Swamp
- Bad Pools in Your Neighborhood
- What You Need To Know
- Mosquito Staff
- Tire Recycling Schedule
- Trapping and Identifying
- Year End Review
AUGUSTA SOLID WASTE
By SUSAN McCORD – Associated Press – Saturday, August 16, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Nine goats went to work Wednesday eating overgrown vegetation at an Augusta detention pond in a government pilot project intended to cut costs and help reduce mosquito breeding areas.
D.W. Williams, whose house overlooks the pond, welcomed the new arrivals to his subdivision, popular with current and former military members for its proximity to Fort Gordon’s Gate 5.
“I think it’s a great idea, most definitely,” said Williams, who reported killing three snakes on his property since moving there over a decade ago. “I think it’s a good idea because the city has a lot of ponds like that, areas it’s not maintaining.”
Augusta has more than 700 detention ponds scattered across the county and scant resources aside from occasional inmate labor to keep them all maintained, according to the city’s Engineering Services department, which sent five workers Wednesday to ensure that a locked, barbed-wire fence around the property would keep the goats in and people out.
Modeled after similar efforts using goats or sheep to graze on unwanted vegetation in other cities, Augusta’s goat project was suggested in January at a meeting of Richmond County Board of Health as a way to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.