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.
In 2014 we engaged 941 volunteers to hand-pull 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts, not to mention thousands of tons removed by the mechanical harvester. This year's Community Water Chestnut Removal Events are complete, but you can 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.
Join us for some fun at a Saturday community hand-pulling day on June 27, July 18, and August 1! Event sign-up coming soon. All supplies are provided for these family friendly events.
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 here.
View 2014 community and corporate water chestnut removal event photos here!
THANKS TO THE MANY HELPING HANDS THAT MAKE THIS WORK POSSIBLE!
- AIR worldwide
- Biogen Idec
- Boston Cares
- Boston University
- Boston Volunteers
- Cabot Creamery
- Cerulean Pharma
- Charles River Canoe and Kayak
- Chelsea Collaborative
- City of Medford
- City of Somerville
- Eagle Eye Institute
- FedEx Corporation
- Flatbread Pizza
- Friends of the Mystic River
- Gentle Giant Rowing Club
- Gerson Lehrman Group
- Grace Church Medford
- Grant Thornton
- Groundwork Somerville
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- Medford Boat Club
- Millennium/Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- Mystic Wellington Yacht Club
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- New England Aquarium live blue™ Ambassadors & live blue™ Serve Corps
- Northeastern University Outing Club
- Redemption Hill Church
- Redeemer Church
- Regina’s Pizzeria
- Riverside Yacht Club
- Team GreenSense, City of Cambridge
- Tufts University
- Whole Foods Market Medford
- Workers Compensation Research Institute
- Wynn Resorts