WATER CHESTNUT REMOVAL PROJECT
Eradication efforts of water chestnut, an invasive plant clogging the Mystic River and elsewhere in the watershed, have been ongoing since 2010. MyRWA is aggressively combating water chestnuts by partnering with municipalities, local environmental organizations, boat clubs, corporations and community members to hand-pull the plant and obtain funding for a mechanical harvester.
Make a difference in your local community at a fun event on the Mystic River! We coordinate volunteers to hand-pull water chestnut from canoes. Community Water Chestnut Removal Events are scheduled for Saturday June 18th, July 16th and July 30th. All supplies are provided for these family-friendly events. Registration (required!) is now open for the June 18th event at the Arlington Reservoir.
Check out a time-lapse video of volunteers in action.
MyRWA can organize a fun and rewarding employee community service day for you! If you would like to get your workplace, community organization, church, club or neighborhood involved in water chestnut removal please contact Véronique at 781-316-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS TO THE MANY HELPING HANDS THAT MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!
MyRWA would like to thank the following for their support of water chestnut removal efforts in 2016:
- Biogen Idec
- Charles River Canoe and Kayak
- City of Medford
- City of Somerville
- Friends of the Mystic River
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- Medford Boat Club
- Mystic Wellington Yacht Club
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Riverside Yacht Club
2014: We hosted 19 events in which 941 volunteers hand-pulled 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts, clearing 2.3 miles of the Mystic River. Event photos.