The NSVMAD periodically cleans and maintains water courses throughout northern Monterey County in cooperation with city and county departments utilizing the District’s heavy equipment and expertise.
Mowing/mulching vegetation is done in alternating bands, leaving strips of undisturbed vegetation thinning the overall density of work areas. This activity creates opportunities for a more diversified spectrum of wildlife. The work is only done during the dry season and away from standing water. Low ground pressure of equipment is done so as not to disturb burrowed species. Only common tules, cattails and bull rushes are mowed.
Overall this type of enhancement project not only helps in controlling mosquito populations, but aids in the recovery of threatened and endangered wildlife species.