Small Lubbock lakes go dry, being mowed for weeds

August 5, 2011 5:12:30 AM PDT
Some park workers in West Texas have taken advantage of the drought by mowing dry lakebeds.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Friday that the drought had expanded the duties of park workers to include getting rid of unwanted vegetation.

Operation manager Stewart Gerhart says crews have been mowing down giant, flammable cattails.

Gerhart says workers have been trying to clean out what they can "while the getting's good."

Crews have also spent some hot afternoons picking up dead fish lining the city's playa lakes. Experts say high temperatures have sapped the lake levels and limited oxygen for the catfish, stocked bluegills and sunfish.

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