On Saturday June 12, nearly 25 volunteers from Friends of the Mystic River, Groundwork Somerville, Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) came together to pull the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River.

Photo copyright David MussinaThe combined efforts resulted in 250 baskets of water chestnut hauled from the river filling two dump trucks.  Along with the water chestnut, a few unlucky eels were brought up before ultimately being returned to the water unscathed.  Credit goes to many people for the success of the event including the MWRA which assisted with trucks, boats and manpower to support the event. Fred Laskey, Executive Director of the MWRA attended the event ready to work and pledged the commitment of the MWRA to improving the Mystic.

Roger Frymire, a long time volunteer in the Mystic River watershed, has completed the Ten Year Project Review of water chestnut eradication in the Alewife Brook sub-watershed.

For more information on the invasive water chestnut, click the link here.