While not ideal for large amounts of seaweed (See the Barber SURF RAKE), the SAND MAN's Plow Attachment is able to clear small beaches of seaweed at the tide line for quick disposal. With the seaweed out of the way, this allows for a deeper clean of the sand afterwards. To learn more about the Plow Attachment as well as other additional SAND Man options, please visit our website: http://www.hbarber.com/Cleaners/SandMan/ModelsOptions.html
The Barber Turf Rake removes years of foliage build-up that clogs the a waste water treatment facility's drying beds, allowing water to pass through the sand and into the underlying aquifer. Drying beds, along with ocean discharge, serve as the final steps for waste water treatment that return the water to the environment. The Turf Rake can be used to remove stones, foliage, and other unwanted debris from soil to prepare land for construction, agriculture, or, as in this case, alternate turf applications.
Barber Road Rake uses brushes to capture roadside litter and sweep it onto a conveyor belt, which uses hundreds of tines to carry the debris into a bucket. The Road Rake connects to a truck and makes cleaning the sides of highways safe and quick.
Two Barber Surf Rake beach cleaners run into each other while cleaning a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The large 600HD and medium-sized 400HD leave the white sand groomed beautiful as the day starts.
"Just wanted to take a moment to thank you guys for making such a great product! I have been a Barber Surf Rake Pilot (self proclaimed title..lol) for the last eight years. My 600HD has always provided amazing and reliable results on my beach! Daily cleaning and maintenance is a breeze thanks to the smart design...especially the flexible tines that allow fishing line to come right out. This makes my job so much easier! I wouldn't think of using another beach rake product!"
-Gateway National Park
Staten Island, New York
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Sargassum seaweed continues to devastate the beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico, and no end seems to be in sight. Barber has been aiding with the cleanup efforts, but much more work is yet to be done.
Yahoo Travel has provided a solid overview of the current situation, so we have posted their article below. The original can be found here. For more information about how the SURF RAKE contributes to sargassum cleanup efforts, you can visit our sargassum/seaweed application page.
It smells, it’s ugly, and it’s killing wildlife.
From the Riviera Maya of Mexico to the shores of islands like St. Martin, St. Thomas, and Anguilla, once-pristine beaches are being inundated by massive amounts of thick, brown seaweed that refuse to go away and are wreaking havoc on the ecosystems.
At a news conference on Tuesday, the Tobago House of Assembly declared a natural disaster and announced a $3 million budget to tackle the influx of seaweed on the island’s Atlantic coast.
A roped-off Riviera Maya beach, edged in seaweed. (Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)
On July 30, Mexico’s Environment Department announced that the country would hire 4,600 temporary workers and spend about $9.1 million on cleanup efforts along the Caribbean coast, also known as the Riviera Maya. Cancun reported that it had removed nearly 100 tons of seaweed to date.
“In living memory we’ve never seen it this bad,” David Freestone, executive director of the Sargasso Sea Commission, told Yahoo Travel. “The worry is that this will be the new normal.”
Sargassum seaweed covers the bay and beach at Speyside in Tobago. (Photo: Farley Augustine)
On Antigua, seaweed piles have reached 4 feet tall in some areas. On Barbados, 42 turtles recently died after getting caught in the seaweed and suffocating. Shocking photos from the island of Tobago emerged this week, showing boats trapped in a bay blanketed in seaweed.
Making matters worse, the seaweed — which harbors sea creatures — emits a pungent scent when it begins to rot.
A live sea turtle overlooking small mountains of seaweed in Barbados. (Photo: Barbados Sea Turtle Project/Facebook)
In the summer months, city parks encounter additional visitors and the garbage they leave behind. Especially after holidays and events, park maintenance can become a large-scale effort. Trash cleanup often requires large crews and many days to complete.
The Barber LITTER PICKER can get the job done quickly, restoring the grass, paved, and soil-covered surfaces of parks back to their initial natural beauty. In the video below, the LP helped the New York City Parks Department remove large piles of garbage left after the July 4th celebrations. It removed large garbage bags, plates, and smaller articles in single passes.
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