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For Release: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DEC Announces Community Water Chestnut "Hand Pull" at Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

Invasive Species Week: July 10 - 16, 2016

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is inviting the public to assist them with hand removal of Water Chestnut from Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

The Water Chestnut is an invasive species that competes with native aquatic vegetation. It's also a nuisance to recreational activities, such as, fishing and boating. Water Chestnut leaves float on the surface and its stems reach down to the bottom of the wetland. The leaves form tangled mats that cover the water.

"Small boats find it difficult to move through these mats. The leaves also block sunlight. Along with the decomposition of Water Chestnut plants each year, the level of dissolved oxygen in the water is reduced. This impacts other aquatic organisms and potentially leads to fish kills," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

NYSDEC, and volunteers, will kayak or canoe onto the water and "hand pull" the invasive species from Lakeview Marsh WMA.

What: Invasive Species Water Chestnut "hand pull"

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Where: South Sandy Creek canoe/kayak launch, NYS Route 3.
Lakeview Map (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Group will paddle into Lakeview Marsh WMA.

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Invasive species week is used to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and prevent their spreading. Invasive species affect all New Yorkers, from hikers to highway personnel; from birders to boaters; and farmers to foresters.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the activity and are asked to bring their own canoe or kayak and safety equipment. Please email information.R6@dec.ny.gov if you are able to make it.

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