Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species with Riveer Wash Racks


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After a rough and dirty day on the job, your vehicles crave a good cleaning to help keep them running for years to come. As you probably know, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, the right system can make all the difference and give you confidence that your equipment will get a thorough and efficient cleaning. Riveer’s wash rack technology gives operators the ability to clean quickly and meticulously, using less water than traditional hose-down methods and recapturing that water for recycling and/or proper disposal.

Riveer wash systems are specifically designed to save customers time – without detracting from the efficiency of cleaning. But that's not the best part of these wash systems! Providing an easy and responsible way to eliminate potentially harmful contaminants, like noxious weeds and other invasive species is the most globally impactful benefit of Riveer wash rack systems.

Noxious weeds can cause economic and environmental devastation, even in a large geographical area. The seeds and rhizomes of these pests dig down into soils and spread rapidly, killing both native plants as well as agriculturally-grown plants, thereby creating unhealthy ecosystems that are unfit for cultivating crops and dangerous environments for any existing wildlife. Noxious weeds can destroy farming and wildlife-based incomes for owners and their neighbors.

The following infographic done by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation explains that invasive species (both plant and animal) are more of a threat to our earth's endangered animals than all the other environmental factors combined! And the article goes on to say that the threat is projected to increase in the future.

What makes invasive plant species so dangerous is their super-plant powers, such as the ability to germinate earlier in the spring or even during winter and fall, their tendency to produce more seeds than other plants, and their extensive root systems. All of these things give them a huge advantage over most desired plants. Of the 33-some billion acres of land in the world, only about 10% is farmable. When that number starts decreasing by millions of acres that have been plagued by harmful weeds or other natural disasters, the earth's capacity for food production starts to decrease.

These invasive nuisances can poison livestock and family pets, hinder the suitability of wildlife habitats, change the nature and composition of plant and animal communities alike, and wreak all sorts of havoc. Not to mention the amount of time and resources required to control and correct the damage they can do. Just consider:

  • In the last 30 years, total monetary loses due to invasive weeds per year are estimated at $6-$18 billion in the US alone.
  • Economic impact of spotted knapweed infested areas both directly and indirectly are $42 million, which translated to 518 jobs in South Dakota.
  • 21 species reduce Oregon’s total personal income by about $83 million, equivalent to 3,329 annual jobs lost to Oregon’s economy.
  • Leafy spurge can decrease the number of animals that can graze in a given area by up to 50% forcing them to either buy more land or raise less livestock.
  • Global biological invasions, such as the carp invasion of the Great Lakes, could cost an estimated $1.4 trillion per year of damage – 5 percent of the global economy – according to an article in this month’s “BioScience” which also claims that invasive species may be more economically damaging than natural weather disasters.

Many regulations have been put in place throughout the United States and Canada to help prevent invasive weeds from spreading. Details of these regulations vary from area to area, so it is important to research your location and understand your responsibilities as a land owner or contractor in that area. Fines for breaking these laws can be significant and penalties may even include jail time in some jurisdictions.

Washing a vehicle before moving it to a new location is considered to be one of, if not the most effective preventative measures any individual can take. Construction vehicles as well as ATV's, recreational vehicles, farm equipment, and even emergency or government vehicles entering a site for inspection or assistance can carry contaminants in tire treads, crevices, wheel wells and undercarriage. Efficient vehicle washing with proper drainage should not be taken lightly because it is vital to the sustainability of our beautiful planet; not to mention the health of your wallet should you get caught transporting weeds!

Sources:

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=184569
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/docs/pdf/weed_body_a.pdf
http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/adams/sa/pdf/June2009-WeedImpact.pdf