August 5, 2010 · Filed Under Events and News 

Vegetation management operations keep storm water drains flowing

Fort Worth’s Storm Water Management Division maintains an proactive vegetation management program that is part of a holistic effort to reduce the risks and costs associated with flood damage, prevent erosion and create a more attractive appearance along the City’s drainage channels.

By properly managing vegetation, the City is better able to control woody growth in channels that can create obstructions and increase the risk of flooding. Proper vegetation management also removes undesirable weeds that inhibit the development of the native grasses that are most effective at holding soil in place. Where these native grasses flourish, erosion that can threaten private property or cause excessive siltation in downstream water bodies is minimized.

Vegetation management involves: 

Herbicide applications. Used with care and precision, herbicides selected specifically for storm water applications are periodically applied to high weeds and woody vegetation, particularly in areas that are difficult to mow. These applications slow the growth of weeds and lower maintenance costs by reducing the frequency of mowing that would otherwise be required. 

Mowing and debris removal. Crews mow key City-owned channels, dams and detention basins three times each year — in spring, summer and fall. Crews also remove dead trees and debris that can block or damage a bridge or culvert if they were to float downstream during a heavy rain. Occasional mowing helps control the growth of tall weeds and gives the channels an improved appearance.

Maintenance operations in drainage channels also involve erosion repair, sediment removal and removal of blockages.

Residents can do their part by helping to keep trash and debris out of the channels. To report channels or detention ponds that need attention, call 817-392-6261.


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