Some staff members of the City of Great Bend sat in on a webinar last week that provided some ideas on how to combat the algae bloom problem in Veterans Lake. One issue that Human Resource Director Terry Hoff took away from the webinar that the City might put into practice was ways to combat the geese problem, which he thinks is one of the biggest troubles in the lake. Geese produce waste that provides nutrients that the algae bloom feed on. Hoff said councilmember Dana Dawson received some information on one product that could scare off the geese on the lake. He said its a set of lights that simulate a predator of the geese that could make the geese restless and nervous enough to move on.
Hoff said they learned that there could be other wildlife that might be able to chase off the geese. Mute Swans are large birds that are known to be very territorial and aggressive birds, mainly towards other birds and not people. He said in terms of ridding an area of geese, Mute Swans have been used successfully in other places. Hoff said Great Bend Britt Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory talked to the Omaha Zoo who is looking to get rid of some Mute Swans, and they would be willing to sell them to Great Bend for a reasonable price if the City wants them.
Hoff also mentioned a repellant that can be applied to the grass around the lake that discourages the geese from eating the grass and possibly make them move on, but he said it has to be re-applied after each mowing.