Water Chestnut Pulls in NJ

 The corm of a water chestnut ( Eleocharis dulcis ). Public Domain, wikimedia.org

The corm of a water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis). Public Domain, wikimedia.org

     A group of 36 people removed roughly 10,000 pounds of invasive water chestnut from Lake Musconetcong in New Jersey. Talking about the plants effect on the environment, Melyssa Garcia-- AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador-- had this to say, "It does deplete the oxygen in the lake and it also blocks out sunlight from other plants or anything that needs to photosynthesize in the water, [those plants] don't have that available sunlight. It makes it difficult to use kayaks in the lake if it's covered in water chestnut because you have to paddle through that. Motors for your boat, it can bind up your motors."

     A rooted plant, water chestnut is able to grow in as much as 12 feet of water; however, due to its weak roots, volunteers are able to pull it up by grabbing the stem. The removal project has been going on in the lake for approximately 5 years, and is supported by the Lake Musconetcong Community Association, whose members go out every Tuesday night to do smaller hand pulls.

     For the full article from the NJ Herald, click here or on the link available below.