Hiohela Lake restoration in Hopewell Township

Tonight and on Saturday, July 26th, the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed is calling for volunteers to clear water chestnut that is seeding and spreading across Hiohela Pond.

The water chestnut is an aggressive invasive aquatic plant native to Europe and Asia (not the water chestnut you eat in Chinese food). The plant suppresses native aquatic plants, which dramatically affects the natural food webs in the waterway, as well as clogs the water, and encumbers birds and fish from pursuing their prey, according the the Watershed.

This plant can be eradicated from a water source by “hand pulling” while rowing or wading in the water and slowly pulling up the plants to remove the entire length of the root before the plant has a chance to reproduce by dropping its seeds into the water.

Bring anything — your friends and neighbors, boots, rakes, wheel barrows, canoes, gloves, or just your own strong self!

Tonight 5-8 / Saturday 9-12
at Hiohela Pond at the Pennytown/Marshall’s Corner/QuikCheck property off RT31 in Hopewell Township

They say that a sense of humor may come in handy, too! No special skills or huge commitment is required.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, a member-supported nonprofit organization, protects the 265-square-mile region of central New Jersey drained by the Stony Brook and Millstone River – an area spanning 26 towns and five counties. Founded in 1949, the Watershed Association is central New Jersey’s first environmental group protecting clean water and the environment through conservation, advocacy, science and education.


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.