Tana, the vast, 832-square-mile body of water is Ethiopia's largest lake and is packed with ecological, cultural and historical charm. It is situated in the highlands of Ethiopia’s second-largest region, Amhara administrative state. The lake is one of Africa's most unique wetland ecosystems and the source of 50 percent of Ethiopia's freshwater. But, the lake has been infested with water hyacinth, a fast-growing invasive water weed native to South America and locally known as Emboch. As the menacing water hyacinth threatens to clog the entire lake, its survival is at stake as well as the livelihoods of all who live near and depend on the lake as a natural resource. People in Ethiopia and across the world have been lending their hands to help remove the waterweed. Last week Ethiopians in the US and Canada purchased and shipped a water weed removing machine for Lake Tana. The machine was purchased for 92,000 dollars. It was shipped to Ethiopia on December 4, 2018.