RIVERBANK -- These workers are giving the weeds and brush at the city's football-sized storm drain basin in the downtown a real bleating.
But that should be no surprise because they're goats.
The city is renting 18 goats to eat the weeds and other vegetation in the basin behind the skate park at First and Santa Fe streets.
The city is using the goats on a 30-day trial period at a cost of $180, which the city says is saving it about 60 percent of the cost of having city workers remove the vegetation.
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Oakdale resident Steve Cahoon supplied the goats, and he checks on them and brings them water. The city clears the vegetation from the fenced-in basin once a year.