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Visit us on the Internet at: www.vvec.com JUNE 2013


Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


Tips for Efficiency and Comfort p. 3


Co-op Tackles Right-of-Way Maintenance in Summer


Summer arrives this month, and with it come long sunny days, warm tem-


peratures climbing toward the triple digits, and blossoming and leafing vegeta- tion.


It is simply a fact of life in northeastern Oklahoma that not all of that green


vegetation is beneficial or desirable. Trees, brush and vines that grow in the co-op’s right-of-way cause problems,


no matter what the season. That is why we take advantage of those long, sunny, warm days to aggres-


sively battle that vegetation. Beginning in the last half of June, contractors with Progressive Solutions


will be spraying right-of-way. It is the safest, most economical, and most efficient way to maintain our right-of-way. They will begin near Ramona and Vera. “The herbicide is in a four-gallon backpack, which gives each contractor


a great deal of control on the amount and location of where is he spraying,” explains VVEC Right-of-Way Coordinator Lon Lambert. “It just takes a tiny bit of herbicide to be effective, and the contractors are very selective where they apply it.”


Lambert says the spray is a mixture of Accord XRT II and Tordon K, manu-


factured by Dow AgroSciences, and Arsenal, manufactured by BASF. “Our crews selectively treat the low-growing brush under the electric lines, using these products that encourage the growth of grasses, flowering broad leaf plants, and other low-growing vegetation beneficial to wildlife, allowing the right-of-way to be reclaimed by the natural vegetation,” he says. He explains the treated vegetation simply dies and crumbles in time. Lambert adds the crews are licensed by the State of Oklahoma to perform


this work, and are trained to safely apply the products according to manufac- turer’s instructions. The Progressive Solution crews drive company vehicles which also indicate


they are VVEC contract employees. Crews can spray a total of about 80 miles a day. The herbicide is safe for


humans, pets and livestock, but there won’t be any spraying near crops, bees, vineyards, or when there are high winds. “We are careful about spraying in sensitive areas,” says Lambert. “And we


are considerate of members’ property such as the fences.” If you have questions about our right-of-way maintenance program, please call our Right-of-Way Coordinator Lon Lambert at 918-371-2584.


Contractors carry four-gallon backpacks (above)


and use wands to apply the herbicide where it needs to go to treat growth and vegetation growing in the co-op’s right-of-way. Areas served by the Ramona, Vera, Oologah, Green and Watova substations (below) are targeted for the herbicide-spraying program this summer.


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