Houston Public Works is launching an innovative, eco-friendly, pilot program to clear high weeds and grass around detention ponds and in areas with access issues or high slopes. Houston Public Works will use approximately 150 goats to graze a 2-acre detention pond beginning Thursday, Oct. 28.
The pilot program will demonstrate the effectiveness of goats and determine if stormwater quality is impacted. The program is an alternative to traditional mowing and weed prevention with chemicals. The “team” of goats will graze up to 12 hours over a 10-day period. The goats will be supervised 24/7 while they are working. Water and a safe sleeping environment will be provided on-site.
“We ask the public not to feed the goats or try to touch them. Signs will be posted to warn of electrified fencing around the area,” said Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock, PE. “This pilot program has proved to be effective in at least five other cities and in Canada. The program is an alternative to bringing in expensive equipment to mow areas with steep slopes and will be safer for employees.” 

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