NEWPORT—Work to clear rights-of-way mechanically and through the use of “low volume herbicides” by Newport Utilities is underway.

Terryl Denton, NU Right-of-Way Supervisor, said the company maintains “roughly 1400 miles of power lines within an approximately 600 square mile service area and that keeping the rights-of-way cleared is pretty much an ongoing process.

According to Denton, after mechanical cutting is completed, workers will apply low volume herbicides through the use of “low-volume backpack or mark-and-squirt” methods and will target “only woody, stemmed plants.”

“This process,” Denton explained, “will allow dormant grass and wildflower seeds to take over.”

There are some “buffer zones” where spraying does not take place. These include houses, barns, vegetable and flower gardens, farm crops, grape arbors, apiaries, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and tobacco.

Work will be done during August and September.

For more information, call Denton at 423-532-3547.

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