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Goats still killing weeds at Standley Lake

Goats still killing weeds at Standley Lake

Through Saturday, July 6, goats will be chewing, stomping and pooping on weeds at Standley Lake. The goats visit Standley Lake every spring to help with weed management around the city's main water supply.

The goats eat Curly Dock, Dalmatian toadflax, Chicory, Canada/Bull/Musk/Scotch thistles, Moth/Common mullein, Field bindweed and a few annual weeds. When the goats eat the weeds, they also break down the weed seeds so no new weeds are grown during the nutrient cycling process.

The city practices five aspects of noxious weed management: biological, cultural, mechanical, chemical and educational. The goats help with the mechanical weed management process.

The goats arrived in mid-June and can be seen on the south side of Standley Lake. Goat watchers should park in the south parking lot off 86th Parkway for the best view.

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