Lend a hand for water chestnut hand-pull on Lake Musconetcong

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  • The invasive water chestnut pulled from Lake Musconetcong.

— Enjoy the summer sun and help preserve Lake Musconetcong by volunteering for the Water Chestnut Hand-Pull starting at 10 am, Saturday, July 15 at Port Morris Park, 23 Washington Street, Landing. Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that can take over a lake in just a few short years if not maintained. Water chestnut grows to create a floating mat, depleting oxygen in the water for other aquatic life, making it very difficult to paddle, and causing damage to boat motors. During the event we will use canoes and kayaks to target parts of the lake that the weed harvester is unable to reach. Water chestnut is weakly rooted and easily removed by hand. Last year’s event removed 9,000 to 10,000 lbs in one day. We can beat that this year only with your help!

Register by calling Taran at 848-702-5819 or email ambassador@musconetcong.org. Participants are encouraged to bring their own boats and life vests, if possible. Please dress appropriately for the weather and come prepared with sunscreen. No experience necessary but must be 16 years or older. Lunch will be provided as well.

This event is hosted by Taran Sayal, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador for the Upper Delaware Management Area. The AmeriCorps watershed ambassador program is dedicated to promoting watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement. Find out more about AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program at www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm. For this event the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador program is partnering with Musconetcong Watershed Association, Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Morris County Park Commission, and the Hopatcong State Park.

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