Ditch Maintenance

Marblehead salt marsh
Salt marsh ditching in Marblehead

Wetlands restoration is an important part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. Ditch maintenance is a method used to prevent mosquito breeding by allowing water to flow in various streams, wetlands and ditches, by selectively clearing brush and removing debris from drainage systems. This can be done with hand tools, such as rakes, clippers and chain saws or may require more extensive restoration by using specialized, environmentally sensitive, low-ground pressure equipment. This helps to prevent mosquito larvae from developing and emerging as adult mosquitos. This equipment is used to clear debris from water ways, reducing mosquito breeding areas. Mechanized ditch maintenance is done during fall and winter months.

backhoe Removing blockages in Castle Neck River, 2013

Removing blockages in Castle Neck River, 2013