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Tumbleweed Troubles Over in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - It is a new twist on an old trick on the Columbia River. One fence has been in place for years but by about 2007 it started to fail.

It is actually underwater a couple feet and is meant to catch logs, tumbleweeds, and whatever else might float on the water. A lot of time is spent cleaning up this stuff on really bad days.     
It is a nuisance and also stinks.

"Anything that's upstream of us that gets into the water would typically end up here. A lot of trees but mostly tumbleweeds and they plug up. It's a huge maintenance problem," said Greg Warner with the Richland Yacht Club.

The new fence, built by inspired iron out of Burbank, cost $52,000. The Richland Yacht Club leases 30-percent of the water down so they paid that much, the city picked up the rest of the tab.

There is a bit more work to be done. Workers need to tighten all the cables and bumpers will be put in place to alert boaters.