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For Release: Monday, June 18, 2018

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

Supports NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week: July 8 - 14, 2018

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today invited the public to participate in the hand removal of invasive Water Chestnut from Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in support of Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York.

The Water Chestnut is an invasive species that competes with native aquatic vegetation and is 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. DEC staff and volunteers will kayak or canoe onto the water and hand pull the invasive species from Lakeview Marsh WMA.

What: Annual DEC invasive species Water Chestnut "hand pull"
When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: South Sandy Creek canoe/kayak launch, NYS Route 3. Participants will paddle into Lakeview Marsh WMA (Map)

DEC encourages volunteers to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the activity and to bring their own canoes or kayaks and safety equipment. Food and drinks also recommended. Those interested in participating should email

This project is made possible by DEC and SLELO Prism. Invasive species week promotes public knowledge and understanding of invasive species and efforts to prevent their spreading. Invasive species affect all New Yorkers, from hikers to highway personnel, birders to boaters, and farmers to foresters.

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