Italdraghe harvester to remove water hyacinth from Lake Victoria. Photo from DredgingToday.com
An Italdraghe harvester is heading to Lake Victoria to attempt to alleviate some of the problems caused by water hyacinth. As has been reported in this blog, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an aquatic plant native to the Amazon basin that has caused significant problems outside its native water. In Lake Victoria, with no natural population control, water hyacinth has covered large areas of the lake. Large mats of water hyacinth reduce oxygen levels in the water which in turn affect fish survival. The plant also affects foods supplies and increases mosquito borne diseases to the people living and depending on the lake.
For more information on the Italdraghe harvester and to see some more pictures, visit DredgingToday.com.