WATER CHESTNUT REMOVAL PROJECT
Photo by David Mussina. 8/4/12 water chestnut removal event at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, Somerville, MA.
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.
2014: 941 volunteers hand-pulled 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts plus thousands of tons removed by the mechanical harvester. View a time-lapse video and event photos here! Watch the Somerville Neighborhood News video.
If you would like to get your workplace, community organization, church, club or neighborhood involved in water chestnut removal in 2015 please contact the MyRWA office at 781-316-3438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 COMMUNITY EVENTS
Join us for some fun at a Saturday community hand-pulling day on July 18 and August 8! All supplies are provided for these family friendly events. Both community events will be held at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse at 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA.
REGISTER HERE FOR THE JULY 18th EVENT
WHAT IS A WATER CHESTNUT?
Why is water chestnut a problem and how did it get here? Find out more about water chestnuts in the Mystic River Watershed.
THANKS TO THE MANY HELPING HANDS THAT MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!
- Baker Newman Noyes
- Charles River Canoe and Kayak
- City of Medford
- City of Somerville
- Constant Contact
- Friends of the Mystic River
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- Medford Boat Club
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- Mystic Wellington Yacht Club
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Riverside Yacht Club
- Wynn Resorts