Prospect Park Alliance has purchased a new $140,000 aquatic weed harvester to control invasive species. Photo via Prospect Park Alliance

A new “aquatic weed harvester” is being used to control unwanted invasive species in Prospect Park Lake. The machine will “gobble up” loads of aquatic primrose and duckweed, which grows across the surface of the lake in large mats, crowding out native flora.

The boat will be deployed about once a week. The gathered weeds will be turned into mulch and used to feed other park plants, or sold off to local gardeners.

Unfortunately, the machine cannot do anything to improve toxic algae conditions in the lake.

Prospect Park Alliance is hosting a naming competition for the new aquatic weed harvester: enter your submission here!

Source: Brooklyn Paper