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A 30-foot aluminum
river barge outfitted
with a six-ton
knuckle-boom crane
helps to remove
hazards in the three
rivers in Fort Wayne,
Indiana.
the current ecological conditions
along the riparian corridors throughout
downtown Fort Wayne. After
the extensive study, the plan laid out
recommendations and methods that
would benefit the restoration, renovation
and conservation aspects of
riparian work. This includes the
management of invasive species,
herbivory wildlife, viewsheds, large
woody debris, stream restoration
and riparian vegetation.
The division was staffed in 2017,
and, of course, there was plenty of
trial and error. The riparian division
staff learned what works and
what doesn't, but they also learned
which tasks have the most impact
on both the goals of the team and
the goals of the park and recreation
department as a whole.
River Safety and
Navigability
The single most important tool in
the department was a passionate
crew, and the second most important
turned out to be a barge. The
city purchased a 30-foot aluminum
river barge outfitted with a six-ton
knuckle-boom crane. Although
small in terms of cranes, this piece
of equipment has been invaluable
for cleaning and removing hazards
in the three rivers in Fort Wayne.
The crane is used to remove large
woody debris from the rivers in the
form of log jams, floating debris, and
deadheads - large woody debris that
have one end lodged into the riverbed
leaving only one small end poking
out of the river. Although it may look
innocuous on the surface of the river,
a deadhead can easily puncture the
hull of a boat.
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