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Goats to Maintain Overgrowth at Two Local Waterways

The public is being asked to avoid petting and feeding the goats at all times.

Post Date:07/08/2019 12:25 PM
Leesburg, VA (July 8, 2019) – Beginning on Monday, July 15, the Town will begin utilizing goats for the removal of vegetation at two flood-way channels within the Town. 

For years, Leesburg has been using a herbicide, which has created some environmental concerns. In response, the Leesburg Town Council voted 7 to 0, during an April 2019 public hearing, to utilize goats for the removal of vegetation. 

According to Director of Public Works and Capital Projects Renee LaFollette goats can quickly clear plant growth and will be relatively cost effective compared to other options that were considered. A contract was awarded to Prosperity Acres, LLC, from Sunderland, MD, on June 29, 2019. 

Fencing will be installed over the weekend and the goats will begin clearing tall grass and weeds at Town Branch, just behind the Dry Mill town homes, beginning Monday. Once the waterway has been cleared, the goats will be relocated to the Plaza Street flood-way, towards the end of July.

Residents are asked to stay away from the goats, avoid petting or feeding them, and to keep dogs leashed at all times. Prosperity Acres, LLC, will maintain the fencing and goats on a daily basis.

Media Contact:
Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer

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