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Wayne Post
  • Watch out for invasive water chestnuts

  • Water chestnuts are an invasive aquatic floating plant that has green, toothed, and triangular-shaped leaves.

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  • Water chestnuts are an invasive aquatic floating plant that has green, toothed, and triangular-shaped leaves.  These plants are invasive and can cause a lot of organic pollution after they die, can form dense mats that can tangle boats and decrease recreational activities, and they can disrupt the natural ecology for the creatures that live there.  Water chestnuts are a species of concern in Wayne County because one seed can produce up to 20 new rosettes and one rosette can produce 20 sharp, spiny seedpods that are viable for up to 12 years. That is up to 400 new plants a year for each single plant.
    Invasive species are aggressive, non-native (or alien) plants or animals that invade and out compete many native species. The Aquatic Vegetation Control (AVC) team will be out in full force during the summer months when the growing season for plants is at its peak.  The AVC currently operates using weed harvesters on five embayments along Wayne County’s north coast.  For smaller areas, smaller boats are used to perform manual removal of weeds by hand.  The SWCD occasionally organizes events for volunteers to get involved with this process and this is where we need your help!
    The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District organizes hand pulling events with community partners so we all can do our part as a water quality steward by getting involved to help this local cause.  Not only will participation in the hand pulling events help the environment, but it also is an opportunity for expanding your knowledge on the subject matter, increasing your community involvement and for networking.  
    Water quality steward hand pulling opportunities: (Saturdays) July 6 Sodus Bay Improvement Asso., Clark Creek (Sodus Bay East), 9 to 11 a.m.; July 20, Save Our Sodus Inc., Second Creek, 9 to 11 a.m.; June 29 Maxwell Bay Pull, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. — Education before the pull, lunch after. Calling all youth. If you need community service for graduation, National Honor Society, 4-H, Girl/Boy Scouts etc. please RSVP for the event. When you sign in at the event you will give all your information and after the pull will receive a letter in support of the two hours of work you completed.
    Last year, we had over 65 volunteers across three hand pulls. This year our goal is to have over 100. If you have an interest in learning about the weed problems please come and volunteer for two hours and talk to your neighbors about their experiences and see what together we can do to fight the problem!
    Are you not able to participate in the hand pulls, but still want to help? By understanding the causes of invasive species can help stop the spread.  Humans are the primary method of spread of invasive species and many times we do this unknowingly. It is best to clean field equipment thoroughly and frequently before being transported to a new location to prevent the transport of any plants or animals. If you decide to remove aquatic invasive weeds from your property, make sure you dispose of them properly in the trash or at an offshore composting site. Also, limiting the use of phosphorus rich fertilizers and detergents around your home will help because it is a nutrient that may increase plant growth. One of the main things people can do to help is to spread the word! Education on the subject matter on what plants look like, what causes them to grow and proper management is key to stopping the spread of invasive species!
    Page 2 of 2 - For questions, visit www.waynecountynysoilandwater.org or call 946-4136.
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