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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