(AP) -- The growing population of geese at an Urbana lake is a sight city officials could
do without. They hope new flashing strobes will keep them away.
Derek Liebert is project manager at the Urbana Park District. He says up
to 90 Canada geese live at Crystal Lake. The lake is
part of a park on the town's north side.
Liebert says the goose droppings have increased nutrient levels in the
water that have encouraged weeds to grow. The geese also graze along the shore
and increase erosion.
The 14 solar-powered strobes were installed recently so Liebert isn't
sure how well they'll work. They cost $4,000.
He says the real test will come in the spring when open water usually
draws in many birds.