We’ll be working hard to remove invasive water chestnut from the Alan Devoe Bird Club and Hand Hollow Conservation Area during the hot summer months. It’s a great way to get out on the water and do good at the same time! Water chestnut poses a big problem for wildlife and boaters, as it forms dense mats of vegetation and has incredibly unpleasant spiky fruits.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
“Prevention is the most effective method for dealing with invasive species. If they are never introduced, they never become established.
- Clean, drain, and dry your watercraft, trailer, and equipment before and after each use. Regulation 6 NYCRR Part 576 requires everyone who uses watercraft on public waters to, when possible, use the following methods to fully decontaminate your equipment:
- Clean the outside of the watercraft and trailer with high pressure (2500 psi) hot water (140°F) for 10 seconds.
- Flush the inside of the motor and all compartments (bilge, live well, bait buckets, ballast, etc.) with hot water (140°F) for two minutes.
- Soak fishing gear and equipment in hot water (140°F) for two minutes.
- Dump bait bucket water where it came from or on land.
- View more information on how to clean your boat.
Early detection of infestations helps to reduce removal costs and ecological impacts
- If you think you’ve found water chestnut please take several photos and submit a report to iMapInvasives.
- Become a Chestnut Chaser! We know that water chestnut is underreported in New York State. Each summer we encourage folks to survey their favorite swimming holes, lakes, ponds, and nearby waterbodies for water chestnut and submit reports to iMapInvasives.
- Share the water chestnut fact sheet (PDF, 300 KB) with others.”
Please bring your own boat if you have one, as CLC has a limited number of kayaks and canoes.
Email John Horton to join the volunteer list-serve and get more details on when and where these water chestnut pulls will be taking place!