The city workforce now includes goats.
Hired by the City of Palo Alto as a fire-prevention method, the goats have been deployed to maintain the berm around the 15-acre pond in the Emily Renzel Wetlands northeast of U.S. Highway 101.
A series of small temporary fences keep them focused on the berm and away from sensitive areas and nesting sites, according to the city.
"We couldn't be happier with these guys," said Howard Yancey, the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant's assistant manager. "They'll eat even the toughest weeds without any noise or pollution."
The herd is managed by Living Systems Land Management, under contract with the city. A full-time goat herder ensures the goats have plenty of water.
This year's heavy rains brought above-average weed growth, city officials said.
Photos by Galen Stolee and Karen White.