Saturday, August 20, 5 - 7 p.m., Water Chestnut Removal Continues
So far this summer, many volunteers have pulled out many invasive water chestnut plants in the Floating Meadows, enough to fill 40 canoes! It has been a hugely successful effort and we thank everyone who has helped. Unfortunately, on our last outing on July 22 we found a few more large patches, with large nuts formed and almost ready to drop, but we couldn't reach them due to the shallowness of the water during the outgoing tide.
We are making one final effort this season to remove all of these plants. We have arranged for at least 5 canoes. Now we need more kayaks or canoe paddlers in order to finish the job and to save the precious Floating Meadows from this invasive menace.
Please come this Saturday, Aug. 20, to the Phil Salafia Canoe and Kayak Launch at 181 Johnson Street, next to the City's recycling center, and be ready to launch at 5 p.m. (at mid-level tide, when the plants are not under water.) This is actually a fun and very gratifying activity, building enthusiastic camaraderie among the participants. Also, late afternoon in August is the most spectacular time of day and year to be out on the meadows. The wild rice is high and bright green. Please join us.
With one more big effort, we can make a big difference to the future of the Floating Meadows ecosystem.
For more information on this effort, click here.