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For Release: Monday, May 6, 2019

DEC Announces Community Water Chestnut "Hand Pull" at Lakeview Marsh WMA

Invasive Species Awareness Week is July 7 - 13

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to assist with the hand removal of Water Chestnut from Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Tuesday, July 9.

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: Invasive species Water Chestnut "hand pull"
When: Tuesday, July 9
Where: South Sandy Creek canoe/kayak launch, NYS Route 3. View area map(PDF).

Group will paddle into Lakeview Marsh WMA.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 7 - 13, promotes knowledge and understanding of invasive species and how to prevent or limit their spread. Invasive species affect all New Yorkers. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the activity and are asked to bring their own canoe or kayak and safety equipment. Those interested in participating or have any questions should email This project is made possible by DEC and SLELO Prism.

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