Saturday Meeting and Work Day
Did a little work out there on Saturday, and got rained out before I could finish. The weeds on the runway are going gangbusters. I suspect that this coming weekend we will probably have to mow some of it, roll it and probably spray it (runway). A lot of the weeds in the pits seem to have resisted the last several spray jobs, the rain probably helped them recover. For this next spray job, we should probably make sure to add the surfactant we have in the cabinet to help the herbicide do it's work on the halogeton. So, at least some of us need to go prepared for some hard work. I'll take my mower out there to work over the blade in dirt and gravel (not the first time). Thanks to Don Dubie for letting Sani Serve in there to service the toilets, so folks won't be quite as grossed out when they need to use them. Mike Rice is completing the work he started on the drainage entry for the cross runway culvert, and was setting PVC pipe in the ditch that crosses the entry openings onto the cross runway. Mike has worked hard on this project and it is very appreciated. We checked the cross runway culvert, and it is blocked by sediment. This is most likely due to the ditch on the north side of the culvert not draining properly which causes the flow through the culvert to back up and drop its sediment load there. We'll need to use the water wagon to blow the sediment out, and for that we'll need a good heavy duty truck to pull it. Consider that we're going to need a back hoe sometime before the monsoon season to correct the drainage situation north of this culvert, and probably in a few other spots. If we have a good trailer or two, or an old dump truck, we can put all of the removed soil on the access road where we've had water problems. Ideally, we need at least a shallow water storage location at the north end of the northern drainage ditch to provide a place to store the runoff water. Front end loader anyone? I have not checked, but there is a chance that the culvert across the main runway may also need to be maintained.
Thermals---I need thermals!